8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Daily strength training:
- Assists in weight loss.
- Enhances heart health.
- Toughens bone density.
- Minimizes joint pain.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Boosts your metabolism.
- Builds lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Remaining active becomes even more crucial 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 referred to as sarcopenia. (The actual interpretation of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” situation.
If you don’t challenge your muscles to grow stronger, they will ultimately deteriorate. Living a couch potato lifestyle enhances your risk of having sarcopenia. This loss of muscle involves decreased quality of muscle tissue, strength, and flexibility. (3)
Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Builds Bone Density
For women, weekly strength training becomes even more essential. Women naturally have more petite, slimmer bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its height. As women mature, estrogen levels decrease, resulting in further diminished bone strength, (4) which can lead to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that decreases the quality and mass of your bones. (The actual meaning of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are just like your muscles–if you don’t challenge your bones to become stronger, they become weak.
But the good news is, strength training creates bone density and promotes strong muscles! Routine strength training, combined with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help stop osteoporosis and cope with sarcopenia–and in some cases, even reverse it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training important for a strong, healthy body–but it supplies 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 lead to calmness, but it also enhances self-confidence and helps promote a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Frisco
The biggest piece of strength training is to identify an activity you enjoy and staying with it! At Farrell’s of Frisco, our certified instructors guide strength training classes three days per week, rotating 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!