Strength Training Found to Lower Heart Disease and Diabetes Risk, Whether or Not You Do Cardio

Less than one hour a week of resistance exercise can make a big impact, research shows.

Guideline after guideline says we should be clocking regular aerobic exercise to help lower the likelihood of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes. That’s including guidelines from the American Heart Association and from the American Diabetes Association. Two new studies stress that strength training also plays a vital role in cutting these risks and a little may go a long way in improving one’s health.

Research published in the March issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that individuals who did any amount of strength training on a weekly basis had a 40 to 70 percent reduced risk of developing heart attack, stroke, or death related to heart disease compared with individuals who did no strength training (independent of how much aerobic exercise people did)…

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Top 5 Exercises That Increase Athletic Performance

In this video we asked Strength and Conditioning Coach Loren Landow what he felt were the top 5 exercises to increase athletic performance…

 

Strength and Resistance Training Exercise

Strength and resistance training exercise is one of the four types of exercise along with endurance, balance and flexibility. Ideally, all four types of exercise would be included in a healthy workout routine and AHA provides easy to follow guidelines for endurance and strength-training in its Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults.

They don’t all need to be done every day, but variety helps keep the body fit and healthy, and makes exercise interesting. You can do a variety of exercises to keep the body fit and healthy and to keep your physical activity routine exciting…

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Athletes, you’re doing weight training all wrong

To become stronger and develop more muscle, you must lift heavier weights over relatively few repetitions. At least, that has been the received wisdom among professional athletes. However, a new body of evidence suggests that it may be wrong.

Researchers at McMaster University in Canada found that the weight of your weights doesn’t matter, as long as you continue lifting to the point of exhaustion…

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