Public health guidelines primarily focus on the promotion of physical activity and steady-rate aerobic exercise, which enhances cardiorespiratory fitness and has some impact on body composition. However, research demonstrates that resistance exercise training has a profound effect on the musculoskeletal system, contributes to the maintenance of functional abilities, and prevents osteoporosis, sarcopenia (loss of body mass), lower-back pain and other disabilities.
More recent research demonstrates that resistance training may positively affect risk factors such as insulin resistance, resting metabolic rate, glucose metabolism, blood pressure, body fat and gastrointestinal transit time, which are associated with diabetes, heart decease and cancer. Proper weight training involves precise controlled movements for each major muscle group and does not require the use of heavy resistance. Along with brief steady-state aerobic exercise, weight training should be a central component of your daily workout routines.
Benefits of Weight Training:
-Reduces risk of diabetes
-Lowers risk of cardiovascular disease
-Lowers high blood pressure
-Lowers risk of breast cancer (reduces high estrogen levels)
-Decreases or minimizes risk of osteoporosis by building bone mass
-Reduces symptoms of PMS
-Reduces stress and anxiety
-Decreases colds and illness
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