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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. Assists in weight loss.
  2. Improves heart health.
  3. Strengthens bone density.
  4. Diminishes joint pain.
  5. Decreases blood pressure.
  6. Stimulates 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 important as we get older. 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 actual translation of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” case.

If you don’t test your muscles to get stronger, they will one day deteriorate. Living a couch potato lifestyle enhances your risk of having sarcopenia. This loss of muscle includes decreased quality of muscle tissue, strength, and flexibility. (3)

Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Builds Bone Density

For women, regular strength training becomes even more essential. Women normally have more petite, thinner bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density peaks. As women age, estrogen levels decline, resulting in further decreased bone strength, (4) which can cause osteoporosis.

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

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)

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 many 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 well-being, but it also enhances self-confidence and helps support a healthy body image.

Try a Free Week at FXB of Oldsmar

The most significant piece of strength training is to find an activity you enjoy and keeping with it! At Farrell’s of Oldsmar, 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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