8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Regular strength training:
- Encourages weight loss.
- Enhances heart health.
- Toughens bone density.
- Lessens joint pain.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Boosts your metabolism.
- Adds lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Staying active becomes even more essential as we age. A middle-aged adult will lose an average of 3 percent of their muscle mass annually. (2) This degenerative loss of muscle mass is referred to as sarcopenia. (The actual meaning of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” situation.
If you don’t test your muscles to grow stronger, they will one day deteriorate. Living an inactive lifestyle heightens your chance of having sarcopenia. This loss of muscle covers lower quality of muscle tissue, strength, and flexibility. (3)
Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Builds Bone Density
For women, routine strength training becomes even more essential. Women naturally have smaller, more slender bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density peaks. As women mature, estrogen levels decrease, bringing about further diminished bone strength, (4) which can cause osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that decreases the quality and concentration of your bones. (The exact interpretation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are the same as your muscles–if you don’t train your bones to become stronger, they become weak.
But the good news is, strength training adds bone density and develops strong muscles! Regular strength training, combined with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help stop osteoporosis and combat sarcopenia–and in some cases, even reverse it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training critical for a strong, healthy body–but it provides numerous mental health benefits too! Studies show that strength training, even two days per week, helps combat stress, anxiety, and depression. (6) Not only can strength training lead to calmness, but it also boosts self-confidence and helps support a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Des Moines
The most significant component of strength training is to find an activity you love and staying with it! At Farrell’s of Des Moines, our certified instructors teach strength training classes three days per week, alternating upper and lower body days to give your muscles adequate time to recover. Try a free week today and discover how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!