8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Daily strength training:
- Encourages weight loss.
- Enriches heart health.
- Toughens bone density.
- Diminishes joint pain.
- Decreases blood pressure.
- Boosts your metabolism.
- Builds lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Being 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 referred to as sarcopenia. (The exact translation of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” situation.
If you don’t stretch your muscles to become stronger, they will one day become weak. Living a couch potato lifestyle heightens 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, routine strength training becomes even more beneficial. Women naturally have slighter, thinner bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its height. As women mature, estrogen levels decline, resulting in further reduced bone strength, (4) which can cause osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that lessens the quality and mass of your bones. (The literal meaning of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are similar to your muscles–if you don’t push your bones to get stronger, they become delicate.
But the good news is, strength training creates bone density and promotes strong muscles! Regular strength training, in addition with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help stop osteoporosis and combat sarcopenia–and in some cases, even cure it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training important for a strong, healthy body–but it gives 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 contribute to well-being, but it also boosts self-confidence and helps develop a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Maple Grove
The most important piece of strength training is to identify an activity you enjoy and staying with it! At Farrell’s of Maple Grove, our certified instructors guide strength training classes three days per week, alternating upper and lower body days to give your muscles adequate time to recover. Try a free week today and discover how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!