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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. Improves heart health.
  3. Strengthens bone density.
  4. Minimizes joint pain.
  5. Reduces blood pressure.
  6. Stimulates 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

Staying active becomes even more essential 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 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 test your muscles to get stronger, they will ultimately become weak. Living a couch potato lifestyle heightens your likelihood of ending up with sarcopenia. This loss of muscle covers lower quality of muscle tissue, strength, and flexibility. (3)

Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Builds Bone Density

For women, regular strength training becomes even more important. Women usually have smaller, slimmer bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density peaks. As women age, estrogen levels decline, bringing about further diminished bone strength, (4) which can lead to osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the quality and density of your bones. (The exact translation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are similar to your muscles–if you don’t push your bones to become stronger, they become weak.

But the good news is, strength training builds 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 counter 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 gives various 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 peace of mind, but it also enhances self-confidence and helps support a healthy body image.

Try a Free Week at FXB of Greenwood

The biggest part of strength training is to discover an activity you enjoy and staying with it! At Farrell’s of Greenwood, our certified instructors guide 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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