We all have our go-to exercise that actually makes us enjoy (or at least tolerate) breaking a sweat. Spinning, dancing, kickboxing, and hiking are probably at the top of your list, right? Those are all of the aerobic variety, which is great for speeding up your blow flow and breathe. However, most of us ladies tend to avoid the other type of exercise that’s actually really good for our bodies: strength training.
According to a new study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, strength training significantly lowers the risk for type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Researchers followed about 36,000 older women ranging in age from 47-98 (!) and asked them about their strength training over the past year to inform their results. They then tracked which women got type-2 diabetes or suffered from heart attacks and strokes.
“Women who reported participating in any amount of strength training were more likely to have a lower BMI, more likely to engage in healthy dietary patterns, and less likely to be a current smoker,” Eric J Shiroma, Sc.D., M.Ed wrote.
Researchers also found that the women who said they did any kind of strength training had a 30% lower risk of developing type-2 diabetes and a 17% lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those who did nothing.
So if you’re not strength training yet, make sure to definitely add some weight lifting into your routine! You don’t have to legit go to the weight room to work your muscles. Try upping your weights in spin class or going to a pilates class every so often. And don’t worry, you can continue doing your aerobic exercises too. Researchers concluded that doing both types of exercises made the health risks even lower.
While we don’t know yet just how much strength training women should be doing for optimal results, it’s definitely good to at least do some rather than nothing at all.
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