August 8th, 2012
A new study has found that weight training, not just cardio, helps to lower the risk of developing diabetes. Dr. Frank Hu, from the Harvard School of Public Health, said:
"We all know that aerobic exercise is beneficial for diabetes - many studies have looked at that - but no studies have looked at weight training."
The survey looked at over 32,000 men over an 18 year period. They completed questionnaires every two years. The scientists found that out of 1,000 men, four develop type 2 diabetes each year.
What's amazing is that the risk of developing the problem was only half as high for men who performed cardio workouts for at least 150 minutes per week. If these men also weight trained, the risk dropped to a third.
The benefits of exercise are well known and documented facts. However, this new discovery is a great motivator for men who already do cardio and have thought about weight training. Here's to your health!
August 8th, 2012
The American College of Sports Medicine has recently announced that adults should exercise at least 150 minutes per week (about 1.5%). The exercise can be spread out over the week and can be done in small increments each time.
Of course, they have considered that most people can't just jump right into an exercise regimen. The ACSM recommends planning the time each week so that you have time allotted for just exercising. Reading up on the benefits will help you realize the importance of being active.
Choosing a set time of day to do the exercise will help you develop a routine. For example, you can go for a brisk walk on your lunch break. This will not only help break up the day, but will expose you to the sun, which is important for vitamin D intake. Just remember to wear sunscreen!
After a few months, be sure to really think about your new lifestyle changes and how they are benefitting you. This is a good time to implement new things if you're becoming bored. A healthier you is a happier you, and who wouldn't want that?