8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Frequent strength training:
- Promotes weight loss.
- Improves heart health.
- Strengthens bone density.
- Lessens joint pain.
- Decreases blood pressure.
- Speeds up your metabolism.
- Builds lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Remaining 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 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 eventually deteriorate. Living an inactive lifestyle enhances your likelihood of having sarcopenia. This loss of muscle covers 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 is at its strongest. As women age, estrogen levels decline, resulting in further reduced bone strength, (4) which can lead to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that lessens the quality and mass of your bones. (The actual meaning of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are just like your muscles–if you don’t challenge your bones to become stronger, they become delicate.
But the good news is, strength training builds bone density and encourages strong muscles! Routine strength training, in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help put an end to osteoporosis and combat sarcopenia–and in some cases, even reverse it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training critical for a strong, healthy body–but it supplies many mental health benefits too! Studies show that strength training, even two days per week, helps combat stress, anxiety, and depression. (6) Not only can strength training lead to well-being, but it also increases self-confidence and helps promote a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Chicago
The most important part of strength training is to discover an activity you love and keeping with it! At Farrell’s of Chicago, our certified instructors lead strength training classes three days per week, alternating 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!