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What is Strength Training and Why is it Important?

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8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health

Regular strength training:

  1. Promotes weight loss.
  2. Enriches heart health.
  3. Strengthens bone density.
  4. Diminishes joint pain.
  5. Reduces blood pressure.
  6. Boosts your metabolism.
  7. Creates 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 get older. A middle-aged adult will lose an average of 3 percent of their muscle mass annually. (2) This degenerative loss of muscle mass is known as sarcopenia. (The literal translation 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 deteriorate. Living a sedentary 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, weekly strength training becomes even more important. Women usually have more petite, thinner bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its height. As women age, estrogen levels drop, causing further reduced bone strength, (4) which can lead to osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a disease that lessens the quality and density of your bones. (The actual interpretation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are the same as your muscles–if you don’t push your bones to become stronger, they become delicate.

But the good news is, strength training creates bone density and promotes 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 reverse 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 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 bring calmness, but it also enhances self-confidence and helps promote a healthy body image.

Try a Free Week at FXB of Forest Lake

The most important component of strength training is to find an activity you love and staying with it! At Farrell’s of Forest Lake, our certified instructors teach strength training classes three days per week, switching upper and lower body days to give your muscles sufficient time to recover. Try a free week today and learn how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!

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