8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Regular strength training:
- Encourages weight loss.
- Enhances heart health.
- Fortifies bone density.
- Diminishes joint pain.
- Reduces blood pressure.
- Stimulates your metabolism.
- Adds lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Remaining 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 known as sarcopenia. (The literal translation of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” case.
If you don’t stretch your muscles to grow stronger, they will ultimately degenerate. Living a couch potato lifestyle enhances your risk 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, regular strength training becomes even more important. Women naturally have smaller, more slender bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density peaks. As women get older, estrogen levels drop, resulting in further diminished bone strength, (4) which can cause osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that decreases the quality and mass of your bones. (The literal translation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are just like your muscles–if you don’t challenge your bones to grow stronger, they become delicate.
But the good news is, strength training creates bone density and develops strong muscles! Frequent strength training, in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help stop osteoporosis and fight sarcopenia–and in some cases, even cure it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training critical for a strong, healthy body–but it gives various mental health benefits too! Studies show that strength training, even two days per week, helps combat stress, anxiety, and depression. (6) Not only can strength training contribute to well-being, but it also increases self-confidence and helps support a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Omaha
The most significant component of strength training is to discover an activity you enjoy and staying with it! At Farrell’s of Omaha, our certified instructors lead strength training classes three days per week, switching upper and lower body days to give your muscles enough time to recover. Try a free week today and discover how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!