8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Frequent strength training:
- Promotes weight loss.
- Enhances heart health.
- Strengthens bone density.
- Diminishes joint pain.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Stimulates your metabolism.
- Adds lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Staying active becomes even more important as we get older. A middle-aged adult will lose an average of 3 percent of their muscle mass annually. (2) This degenerative loss of muscle mass is called sarcopenia. (The literal meaning of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” circumstance.
If you don’t test your muscles to grow stronger, they will one day degenerate. Living an inactive 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 essential. Women usually have more petite, slimmer bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density peaks. As women get older, estrogen levels drop, bringing about further reduced bone strength, (4) which can lead to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the quality and density of your bones. (The actual translation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are the same as your muscles–if you don’t push your bones to get stronger, they become fragile.
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 fight sarcopenia–and in some cases, even counter it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training crucial for a strong, healthy body–but it gives various 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 bring well-being, but it also enhances self-confidence and helps promote a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Round Rock
The most important part of strength training is to find an activity you enjoy and staying with it! At Farrell’s of Round Rock, our certified instructors guide strength training classes three days per week, switching upper and lower body days to give your muscles sufficient time to recover. Try a free week today and discover how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!