8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Daily strength training:
- Assists in weight loss.
- Enriches heart health.
- Strengthens bone density.
- Lessens joint pain.
- Reduces blood pressure.
- Speeds up your metabolism.
- Builds lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Staying active becomes even more important as we age. 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 meaning of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” case.
If you don’t test your muscles to grow stronger, they will one day deteriorate. Living an inactive lifestyle heightens your risk of having sarcopenia. This loss of muscle includes lower quality of muscle tissue, strength, and flexibility. (3)
Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Builds Bone Density
For women, weekly strength training becomes even more important. Women normally have slighter, thinner bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density peaks. As women mature, estrogen levels drop, bringing about further decreased bone strength, (4) which can lead to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that lessens the quality and mass of your bones. (The actual translation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are the same as your muscles–if you don’t push your bones to get stronger, they become fragile.
But the good news is, strength training adds bone density and develops strong muscles! Frequent strength training, in addition with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help prevent osteoporosis and combat sarcopenia–and in some cases, even cure it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training crucial for a strong, healthy body–but it provides numerous 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 well-being, but it also enhances self-confidence and helps promote a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Altoona
The most significant component of strength training is to discover an activity you like and staying with it! At Farrell’s of Altoona, our certified instructors guide strength training classes three days per week, alternating 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!