8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Daily strength training:
- Promotes weight loss.
- Improves heart health.
- Strengthens bone density.
- Lessens joint pain.
- Reduces blood pressure.
- Boosts your metabolism.
- Adds lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Remaining active becomes even more important as we get older. A middle-aged adult will lose an average of 3 percent of their muscle mass every year. (2) This degenerative loss of muscle mass is referred to as sarcopenia. (The literal translation of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” situation.
If you don’t stretch your muscles to grow stronger, they will eventually become weak. Living an inactive lifestyle enhances your chance of having sarcopenia. This loss of muscle covers diminished 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 normally have slighter, slimmer bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density peaks. As women age, estrogen levels decrease, resulting in further diminished bone strength, (4) which can cause osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the quality and density of your bones. (The literal translation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are just like your muscles–if you don’t train your bones to become stronger, they become weak.
But the good news is, strength training creates bone density and develops strong muscles! Regular strength training, combined with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help stop osteoporosis and combat sarcopenia–and in some cases, even reverse it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training critical for a strong, healthy body–but it supplies many mental health benefits too! Studies show that strength training, even two days per week, helps cope with stress, anxiety, and depression. (6) Not only can strength training lead to peace of mind, but it also boosts self-confidence and helps support a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Rochester
The most significant piece of strength training is to find an activity you enjoy and staying with it! At Farrell’s of Rochester, 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 find out how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!