Resistance training is good for the heart – and it doesn’t take much
Great news! Lifting weights – or resistance training – for less than an hour a week may reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke by 40 to 70 percent.
But researchers found that spending over an hour in the weight room did not yield any additional benefit.
Most people may think they need to spend hours in the gym, but less than 5 minutes could be as effective.
The study shows the benefits of strength training are independent of running, walking or other cardio activity. In other words, you do not have to meet the recommended guidelines for physical activity to lower your risk; weight training alone is enough.
Lifting any weight that increases resistance on your muscles is the key. Your muscles don’t know the difference if you're carrying heavy shopping bags or lifting a dumbbell.
When it comes to reducing the risk for cardiovascular disease, most people think of running or other cardio activity. But weight lifting is just as good for your heart, and there are many other benefits.
Muscle is the power plant to burning more calories. Building muscle helps move your joints and bones, but there are also huge metabolic benefits. If you have more muscle, you burn more energy, look more toned and feel healthier. And we all want that!
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