8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Regular strength training:
- Encourages weight loss.
- Improves heart health.
- Fortifies bone density.
- Minimizes joint pain.
- Decreases blood pressure.
- Boosts your metabolism.
- Creates 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 annually. (2) This degenerative loss of muscle mass is known as sarcopenia. (The actual translation of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” situation.
If you don’t stretch your muscles to get stronger, they will one day become weak. Living a couch potato lifestyle increases your chance of having 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 more petite, thinner bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its strongest. As women mature, estrogen levels drop, causing further reduced bone strength, (4) which can cause osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the quality and concentration of your bones. (The literal translation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are similar to your muscles–if you don’t push your bones to grow stronger, they become weak.
But the good news is, strength training builds bone density and develops strong muscles! Frequent strength training, in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help stop osteoporosis and cope with sarcopenia–and in some cases, even counter 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 contribute to peace of mind, but it also increases self-confidence and helps develop a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of New Tampa
The biggest component of strength training is to discover an activity you like and staying with it! At Farrell’s of New Tampa, our certified instructors guide strength training classes three days per week, rotating upper and lower body days to give your muscles enough time to recover. Try a free week today and learn how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!