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What is Strength Training and Why is it Important?

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8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health

Daily strength training:

  1. Encourages weight loss.
  2. Enhances heart health.
  3. Toughens bone density.
  4. Lessens joint pain.
  5. Decreases blood pressure.
  6. Stimulates your metabolism.
  7. Builds lean muscle.
  8. Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping strength training 

Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age

Being active becomes even more crucial as we mature. 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 challenge your muscles to get stronger, they will one day become weak. Living a couch potato lifestyle increases your chance 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 important. Women naturally have slighter, thinner bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its height. As women mature, estrogen levels decline, resulting in further diminished bone strength, (4) which can cause osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the quality and density of your bones. (The literal meaning of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are just like your muscles–if you don’t challenge your bones to get stronger, they become fragile.

But the good news is, strength training builds bone density and encourages strong muscles! Frequent strength training, in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help put an end to osteoporosis and cope with sarcopenia–and in some cases, even cure it! (5)

Woman working out at Farrell's 

Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Not only is strength training critical for a strong, healthy body–but it supplies 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 lead to peace of mind, but it also increases self-confidence and helps support a healthy body image.

Try a Free Week at FXB of West Des Moines

The biggest part of strength training is to find an activity you love and sticking with it! At Farrell’s of West Des Moines, 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 discover how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!

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