8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Daily strength training:
- Assists in weight loss.
- Enriches heart health.
- Toughens bone density.
- Lessens joint pain.
- Decreases blood pressure.
- Speeds up your metabolism.
- Creates lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Staying active becomes even more crucial as we age. 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” case.
If you don’t challenge your muscles to become stronger, they will one day deteriorate. Living an inactive lifestyle increases your risk of developing sarcopenia. This loss of muscle involves lower 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 usually have smaller, more slender bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density peaks. As women age, estrogen levels decrease, bringing about further decreased bone strength, (4) which can cause osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the quality and density of your bones. (The actual meaning of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are similar to 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 develops strong muscles! Regular strength training, combined with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help put an end to osteoporosis and cope with sarcopenia–and in some cases, even reverse it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training important for a strong, healthy body–but it gives various 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 contribute to calmness, but it also increases self-confidence and helps promote a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Plymouth
The biggest part of strength training is to identify an activity you love and keeping with it! At Farrell’s of Plymouth, our certified instructors teach 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 find out how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!