8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Regular strength training:
- Promotes weight loss.
- Improves heart health.
- Toughens bone density.
- Lessens joint pain.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Boosts your metabolism.
- Adds 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 every year. (2) This degenerative loss of muscle mass is called sarcopenia. (The actual meaning of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” situation.
If you don’t challenge your muscles to get stronger, they will eventually become weak. Living a sedentary lifestyle enhances your likelihood of ending up with sarcopenia. This loss of muscle involves diminished 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 naturally have smaller, thinner bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density peaks. As women mature, estrogen levels decrease, 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 get stronger, they become weak.
But the good news is, strength training adds bone density and encourages strong muscles! Routine strength training, combined with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help stop osteoporosis and fight sarcopenia–and in some cases, even counter it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training crucial for a strong, healthy body–but it provides many 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 peace of mind, but it also increases self-confidence and helps develop a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Hudson
The biggest component of strength training is to identify an activity you love and keeping with it! At Farrell’s of Hudson, our certified instructors lead 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!