8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Regular strength training:
- Assists in weight loss.
- Enhances heart health.
- Fortifies bone density.
- Minimizes joint pain.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Speeds up your metabolism.
- Adds lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Remaining active becomes even more important as we age. A middle-aged adult will lose an average of 3 percent of their muscle mass year-over-year. (2) This degenerative loss of muscle mass is known as sarcopenia. (The exact translation 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 ultimately become weak. Living a couch potato lifestyle enhances your chance of ending up with sarcopenia. This loss of muscle includes decreased quality of muscle tissue, strength, and flexibility. (3)
Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Builds Bone Density
For women, routine strength training becomes even more important. Women naturally have slighter, thinner bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its strongest. As women mature, estrogen levels decline, bringing about further reduced bone strength, (4) which can cause osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the quality and concentration of your bones. (The exact meaning of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are similar to your muscles–if you don’t challenge your bones to get stronger, they become weak.
But the good news is, strength training adds bone density and promotes strong muscles! Routine strength training, in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help put an end to osteoporosis and cope with 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 gives many mental health benefits too! Studies show that strength training, even two days per week, helps fight stress, anxiety, and depression. (6) Not only can strength training contribute to well-being, but it also increases self-confidence and helps promote a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Andover
The most important piece of strength training is to identify an activity you enjoy and staying with it! At Farrell’s of Andover, our certified instructors teach strength training classes three days per week, alternating upper and lower body days to give your muscles enough time to recover. Try a free week today and find out how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!