8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Daily strength training:
- Promotes weight loss.
- Enhances heart health.
- Fortifies bone density.
- Minimizes joint pain.
- Reduces blood pressure.
- Stimulates your metabolism.
- Adds lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Being active becomes even more important 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 known as sarcopenia. (The literal meaning of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” case.
If you don’t challenge 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 covers decreased 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 naturally have slighter, slimmer bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density peaks. As women get older, estrogen levels decrease, resulting in further diminished bone strength, (4) which can lead to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the quality and concentration of your bones. (The exact meaning of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are the same as your muscles–if you don’t push your bones to become stronger, they become fragile.
But the good news is, strength training builds bone density and encourages strong muscles! Regular 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 gives 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 bring peace of mind, but it also enhances self-confidence and helps develop a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Des Moines
The most important part of strength training is to identify an activity you enjoy and staying with it! At Farrell’s of Des Moines, our certified instructors guide strength training classes three days per week, switching 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!