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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. Improves heart health.
  3. Strengthens bone density.
  4. Lessens joint pain.
  5. Decreases blood pressure.
  6. Boosts 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 important as we get older. 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 called sarcopenia. (The literal interpretation 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 eventually deteriorate. Living a sedentary lifestyle heightens your risk of ending up with 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 beneficial. Women normally have smaller, thinner bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its height. As women mature, estrogen levels decrease, bringing about further reduced bone strength, (4) which can result in osteoporosis.

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

But the good news is, strength training builds bone density and promotes strong muscles! Frequent strength training, in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help prevent osteoporosis and combat 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 fight stress, anxiety, and depression. (6) Not only can strength training contribute to peace of mind, but it also increases self-confidence and helps develop a healthy body image.

Try a Free Week at FXB of Minneapolis

The most significant component of strength training is to discover an activity you enjoy and sticking with it! At Farrell’s of Minneapolis, our certified instructors teach strength training classes three days per week, switching upper and lower body days to give your muscles enough 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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