8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Daily strength training:
- Promotes weight loss.
- Enriches heart health.
- Fortifies bone density.
- Minimizes 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 crucial as we age. A middle-aged adult will lose an average of 3 percent of their muscle mass annually. (2) This degenerative loss of muscle mass is called sarcopenia. (The exact meaning of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” circumstance.
If you don’t challenge your muscles to become stronger, they will ultimately deteriorate. Living a sedentary lifestyle heightens your likelihood 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, weekly strength training becomes even more essential. Women usually have slighter, slimmer bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density peaks. As women get older, estrogen levels drop, causing further decreased bone strength, (4) which can result in osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that lessens the quality and density of your bones. (The actual interpretation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are just like your muscles–if you don’t push your bones to grow stronger, they become fragile.
But the good news is, strength training builds bone density and develops strong muscles! Regular strength training, combined with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help prevent osteoporosis and fight 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 supplies various 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 calmness, but it also boosts self-confidence and helps promote a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Colorado Springs
The biggest component of strength training is to identify an activity you enjoy and sticking with it! At Farrell’s of Colorado Springs, 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!