8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Daily strength training:
- Encourages weight loss.
- Enriches heart health.
- Toughens bone density.
- Lessens joint pain.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Stimulates your metabolism.
- Creates lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Staying active becomes even more crucial as we get older. 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 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 stretch your muscles to become stronger, they will eventually deteriorate. Living a couch potato lifestyle enhances your likelihood of ending up with sarcopenia. This loss of muscle covers decreased quality of muscle tissue, strength, and flexibility. (3)
Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Builds Bone Density
For women, weekly strength training becomes even more beneficial. Women normally have more petite, thinner bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density peaks. As women get older, estrogen levels decrease, causing further decreased bone strength, (4) which can result in osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that decreases the quality and concentration of your bones. (The actual translation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are just like your muscles–if you don’t challenge your bones to get stronger, they become delicate.
But the good news is, strength training adds bone density and encourages strong muscles! Regular strength training, in addition with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help stop osteoporosis and cope with sarcopenia–and in some cases, even cure it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training important for a strong, healthy body–but it gives numerous 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 peace of mind, but it also increases self-confidence and helps promote a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Columbus
The biggest part of strength training is to discover an activity you like and staying with it! At Farrell’s of Columbus, our certified instructors guide 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!