8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Regular strength training:
- Promotes weight loss.
- Enhances heart health.
- Strengthens bone density.
- Lessens joint pain.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Stimulates 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 mature. 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 exact interpretation of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” situation.
If you don’t test your muscles to get stronger, they will ultimately become weak. Living a sedentary lifestyle heightens your risk of having sarcopenia. This loss of muscle involves lower quality of muscle tissue, strength, and flexibility. (3)
Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Builds Bone Density
For women, regular strength training becomes even more important. Women usually have slighter, slimmer bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its strongest. As women age, estrogen levels drop, 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 interpretation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are just like your muscles–if you don’t challenge your bones to grow stronger, they become weak.
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 put an end to osteoporosis and combat 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 bring peace of mind, but it also enhances self-confidence and helps support a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Omaha
The most important piece of strength training is to discover an activity you enjoy and sticking with it! At Farrell’s of Omaha, 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!