8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Regular strength training:
- Encourages weight loss.
- Enhances heart health.
- Strengthens bone density.
- Lessens joint pain.
- Decreases blood pressure.
- Stimulates your metabolism.
- Creates lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Being active becomes even more important as we age. A middle-aged adult will lose an average of 3 percent of their muscle mass every year. (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” case.
If you don’t challenge your muscles to get stronger, they will eventually degenerate. Living a couch potato lifestyle heightens your chance of having 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 beneficial. Women naturally have more petite, slimmer bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density peaks. As women get older, estrogen levels decline, resulting in further reduced bone strength, (4) which can cause osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the quality and mass 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 become stronger, they become fragile.
But the good news is, strength training builds bone density and encourages strong muscles! Frequent strength training, in conjunction 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 supplies 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 boosts self-confidence and helps promote a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Eden Prairie
The biggest component of strength training is to discover an activity you like and sticking with it! At Farrell’s of Eden Prairie, our certified instructors lead strength training classes three days per week, switching upper and lower body days to give your muscles adequate 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!