The Benefits of Strength Training, And Why It Should Be At The Centre Of Your Fitness Plans

Published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, an Iowa State University study looking exercise-related activity over time, of nearly 13000 people, showed it doesn't necessarily take a lot of time to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The results - some of the first to look at resistance exercise and cardiovascular disease - show benefits of strength training are independent of running, walking or other aerobic activity. In other words, you do not have to meet the recommended guidelines for aerobic physical activity to lower your risk; weight training alone is enough. (Sci..
In a report presented to a recent American College of Cardiology Conference, new research found that while all physical activity is beneficial, static activities -- such as strength training-- were more strongly associated with reducing heart disease risks than dynamic activities like walking and cycling.  (But doing both static and dynamic activities is probably best)Here's an article:  Different types of physical activity offer varying protection against heart disease..
New research, presented at the American College of Cardiology 's Latin America Conference 2018 in Lima, Peru, found that while all physical activity is beneficial, static activities -- such as strength training -- were more strongly associated with reducing heart disease risks than dynamic activities like walking and cycling."Both strength training and aerobic activity appeared to be heart healthy, even in small amounts, at the population level," said Maia P. Smith, PhD, MS, statistical epidemiologist and assistant professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at St. Geo..
A new, well-researched article point to the great benefits of strength training for over 40's, particularly because that's the time when muscle-loss is hitting hard.  With really good explanations, it explains how it happens and exactly what strength training does for it.  It also addresses Diabetes Type-2 risk and avoidance, and mood benefits.  Check this link:  Why Lifting Is The New Running For The Over-40s..
How Healthy Is Resistance Training?
This question was posed to a coach, Darren Beattie, on, where he has thousands of followers, presumably built up through the insight shown in his answers to questions on the site.  He gives a comprehensive answer to a question that's not asked often enough.Darren's response:I’d argue that it’s ‘healthier’ than almost any other kind of exercise for the following reasons:It optimises the brain- body connection for better response and performance.It has very low injury potential relative to many typically chaotic and unpredictable sports It offers very low injury volume r..
(By Mark Rippetoe; author of Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, Practical Programming for Strength Training,  Mean Ol’ Mr. Gravity, and many other magazine and internet articles)When you consult a medical professional about exercise, the standard recommendation amounts to a prescription for a certain number of minutes per day or per week. The conventional wisdom equates “exercise” with “cardio” — endurance exercise performed at a low to moderate intensity for a continuous period of time. We call it LSD (long, slow distance). The assumption seems to be that as long as your heart is..
A cyclist with huge quadriceps power can be out-sprinted by someone with much lesser thighs. Strength training can help make your muscles outperform those of someone who’s naturally stronger (or perhaps who started to train much earlier) because your muscles have developed a better brain-muscle connection, improving the way muscles work together. Long before you see added muscle, (from strength training) the neuro-muscular connection is already improving. And it’s the strength training that does it. Not the riding for hours. Science on brain-muscle interaction at a molecular level is showing i..
Aerobic exercise is what most people associate with weight loss and improved health.  However, strength training is an activity that can make you fit, improve your cardiovascular system, help you lose weight, and make you look better at the same time.  In fact, it has a place of its own in just about anyone’s exercise plan.1. It helps you lose weight more easily Since muscle is active tissue (unlike fat, which is inert), it requires energy to maintain. The more muscle you have, the more you can eat without gaining weight. Strength training can provide up to a 15% increase in met..
Weight Training Has Unique Heart Benefits, Study Shows
Resistance exercise (such as lifting weights) produces a different pattern of blood vessel responses than aerobic exercise, suggesting that it may have specific and important benefits for cardiovascular health, according to a study in the November issue of The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, official research journal of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.   "Resistance exercise may offer greater benefits from the increases in blood flow to active muscles and could be implemented as companion to an aerobic training regimen," according to the new study, led b..
Contrary to the common view that our lifestyle will be an endless summer, baby boomers' health is going backwards big time.  We may just be living a bit longer, but...The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2013 showed that "boomers were in worse health than their parents at about the same age. They had more disabilities and higher rates of chronic diseases. Just 13 percent of the studied boomers said they were in excellent health, compared with 32 percent of people from the previous generation. Boomers were more likely to be obese, exercised less, and had higher rates of hyper..
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