Muscles produce the mechanical work needed to be active and mobile throughout our lifetime.
Maintaining the operating power of that vital machinery through regular strength training is a must for fending off the rust of sedentary living and keeping us moving, exploring and interacting with the world long into the afternoon of our lifetime.
We know that aerobic exercise has a wonderfully preserving influence on the heart and lungs. But how does resistance training alone stack up to helping us lead longer, healthier lives?
How does lifting directly impact heart health?
Strength specialists have known for some time about the widespread effects of resistance training across many areas of physical and mental health, however, there is a lack of specific data on the protective effects of weight training against cardiovascular disease events and all-cause mortality.
In a new study, researchers found that strength training without any aerobic exercise had resulted in significant improvements to heart health.
They concluded that strength training was ”associated with approximately 40%-70% decreased risk of total CVD events, independent of aerobic exercise.”
Even as little as one lifting session or less than an hour per week was associated with lower risks regardless of meeting aerobic exercise guidelines.
Glorious news for the lifting enthusiasts among us.
For those of us who are interested but not yet committed, it’s a big incentive to finally take up the iron.
It would also be prudent to ensure you’ve got your bases covered and include a little aerobic exercise too.
Combined, you’ll have the strongest and most important insurance policy you could ever take out. And, we’ll get to have you around a little longer as well.
We like it when you’re alive.
Associations of Resistance Exercise with Cardiovascular Disease Morbidity and Mortality. Liu, et al. 2019