When discussing health and fitness goals with people, different aspirations often crop up. Losing weight, fitting comfortably into one's clothes or improving endurance to engage in activities without exhausting oneself are popular ones. However, many individuals also prioritize building strength as they see it as a crucial factor for unlocking their potential free from physical limitations. One common motivation for pursuing strength training is the desire to age gracefully and maintain autonomy for as long as possible. This sentiment is especially poignant for those who have seen family members or loved ones struggle with reduced strength and loss of independence in their later years.
Another benefit of strength training is a toned body. When we have a toned body, we feel more confident and attractive, and this can have positive effects on our overall well-being. It’s important to remember, though, that a toned body isn’t necessarily the same thing as a healthy body. Building strength and increasing muscle tone can help us achieve our aesthetic goals, but we shouldn’t sacrifice our overall health and well-being in pursuit of a certain look. At Wilcox Wellness & Fitness we focus on building strength through exercises that improve our mobility, stability, and function, achieving both a stronger, more functional body and a more attractive physique.
We are a community of people who prioritize the quality of life that our healthy bodies afford us. In fact, here are 7 reasons why building muscle and having a strong body is so important:
1. You naturally start losing muscle around the age of 30.
Yes, you read that right. On average, people lose around 3%-8% each decade… and then it speeds up after you turn 60.
The sooner you get started on building your muscle “bank,” the better!
Muscle loss is one of the top causes of disability for older people – they become too weak to live alone and are more prone to falls and injuries.
2. You’ll build stronger bones.
Did you know that many people start losing about 1% of their bone mass PER YEAR after the age of 40?
Stressing your bones (when you’re doing it in a healthy way through strength training!) will help boost your bone density and cut the risk of osteoporosis and fractures when you get older.
3. It can help you manage chronic conditions.
Lifting weights can help you cut back on symptoms of arthritis, chronic pain, heart disease, depression, diabetes, and obesity.
4. It can help with fat loss.
If you’re trying to lose weight, strength-training workouts are an important tool – and they can help you keep (and maybe even build a little) muscle as you get leaner.
5. It can help sharpen your thinking.
Studies link regular strength training and aerobic exercise with better brain function. 🧠
6. It’ll improve your quality of life.
Your everyday activities get easier – starting ASAP! Plus, it can improve your balance and protect your joints from injury.
7. It helps you keep your balance.
Again, this can help you avoid slip & fall accidents now and as you get older.
Plus… having toned muscles is great for your confidence and energy level!
If you’re looking for even more guidance and support in the gym we’re here to help! Check out our FREE 2-Week Trial Program in our Group Personal Training Program. Some key benefits that people love about our Group Personal Training Program are:
Learn more and get signed up at www.wilcoxwellnessfitness.com/trial
Two years ago, in July 2019, Nathan joined our training program. He was struggling with the aftermath of COVID, which had made his job and lifestyle more sedentary. Nathan knew he needed to develop healthy routines and habits to break out of that rut and take control of his life.
When Nathan initially joined our training program, he encountered difficulties due to gouty arthritis, experiencing pain during flares while performing various activities. With limited experience in athletics and movement, he had to learn how to connect with his body in terms of perfect form, overall movement, balance, and coordination. However, Nathan's determination to learn and work hard was unwavering, and as a result, he hasn't experienced a gouty arthritis attack in nearly two years among other accomplishments.
When asked if he felt any strain on his shoulders during the exercise, Nathan responded with an emphatic "NO," demonstrating his deep understanding of the mechanics of the movement and how his body was allowing him to perform it correctly.
Nathan’s commitment to self-improvement serves as a reminder that with determination and effort, anything is possible. We are proud of his progress and excited to see what else he can accomplish in the future.
Hi! My name is Allison Hopkins and I am the owner of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness in Brunswick, ME. I am excited to bring WILCOX to Brunswick and share in my passion for living a great life through health and fitness.