A new study by researchers at Brooks College of Health, University of North Florida, suggests that regular weight training not only helps you build up your muscles but also reduces the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.
The study, published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, made use of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) held between 1999 and 2004 and in which more than 5, 600 adults took part with 8.8 percent of the volunteers admitting that they lifted weights.
AdvertisementThe researchers found that those who lifted weights were 37 percent more likely to develop metabolic syndrome, a package of risk factors that are associated with diabetes and heart disease. "Exercise professionals should strongly encourage the activity of lifting weights among adults of all ages to promote metabolic health", the researchers wrote in their report.
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