8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Daily strength training:
- Encourages weight loss.
- Enhances heart health.
- Fortifies bone density.
- Diminishes joint pain.
- Decreases 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 mature. 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 literal translation of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” situation.
If you don’t stretch your muscles to grow stronger, they will one day deteriorate. Living a sedentary lifestyle enhances 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 normally have smaller, more slender bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its height. As women mature, estrogen levels decrease, resulting in further diminished bone strength, (4) which can lead to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that lessens the quality and mass 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 get stronger, they become delicate.
But the good news is, strength training creates bone density and encourages strong muscles! Routine strength training, in addition with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help stop osteoporosis and cope with 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 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 lead to well-being, but it also enhances self-confidence and helps promote a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Ames
The most important part of strength training is to find an activity you like and staying with it! At Farrell’s of Ames, our certified instructors lead strength training classes three days per week, switching upper and lower body days to give your muscles adequate 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!