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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. Fortifies bone density.
  4. Lessens joint pain.
  5. Reduces blood pressure.
  6. Boosts your metabolism.
  7. Adds 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 age. 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” circumstance.

If you don’t stretch your muscles to get stronger, they will eventually deteriorate. Living a couch potato lifestyle enhances your likelihood of developing sarcopenia. This loss of muscle involves decreased 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 more petite, more slender bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its height. As women mature, estrogen levels drop, causing further reduced bone strength, (4) which can cause osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a disease that decreases the quality and concentration of your bones. (The literal translation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are the same as your muscles–if you don’t push your bones to grow stronger, they become fragile.

But the good news is, strength training builds bone density and promotes strong muscles! Routine strength training, in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help prevent osteoporosis and fight 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 important for a strong, healthy body–but it supplies 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 peace of mind, but it also boosts self-confidence and helps support a healthy body image.

Try a Free Week at FXB of Waukee

The most significant piece of strength training is to discover an activity you like and staying with it! At Farrell’s of Waukee, 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 find out how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!

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