Strength training holds the key to longer life, not cardio training.

As we have all been in isolation due to COVID-19, I’m sure we’ve all felt the effect of not being able to do your regular exercise and keep your body healthy.

 
But one thing that many people have discovered is that strength training has been something you are able to do at home despite the current restrictions!
 
Besides the obvious benefits of being stronger, there are other, major benefits of strength training over cardio training.

Strength training protects you against heart attack and stroke

Several studies have shown that, independent of aerobic training, strength training of 1 hour, once a week (or 30 minutes, twice a week), reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke by 70%!

Strength training is the main exercise for the management of diabetes and glucose tolerance

Improving your muscle mass not only increases the number of receptors that pick up glucose and pull it away from the blood stream due to more muscle fibres, but the number of receptors and the efficiency of these receptors improves. Thus improving your glucose tolerance and helping manage diabetes.

Strength training is better overall for cancer management

It has long been shown that people who are stronger and do regular strength training survive better if diagnosed with cancer.  Strength training improves the survival rate, the recovery from any surgery, management during chemo or radiotherapy and overall recurrence.  This is particularly so for breast, colon and prostate cancers.

Strength training helps with better memory and brain function

People with higher grip strength (a proxy for overall body strength) performed higher in memory tests and reaction time.  Again, in a study who lifted weights at least once a week showed significant improvements in cognitive function, such as attention.  It seem to be because strength training releases several chemicals into the brain, such as BDNF, which improve the health of nerves and brain cells.

Overall these are our recommendations:

Keep it simple, and make the following changes to your lifestyle:

  • Strength training twice a week, involving most of the major muscle groups.

Our Clinical Exercise/Pilates programs at MD Health focus on strength training and our Physiotherapists and Accredited Exercise Physiologists always ensure that our programs are tailored towards your needs!

 

Want to know more?

If you would like more information or have any questions about strength training please comment below!

Or are you a new client and would like to book for a FREE full body assessment with one of our Physiotherapists or Exercise Physiologists? Book online, call us on 03 9857 0644 (Kew East), 03 9842 6696 (Doncaster East) or send us an email at admin@mdhealth.com.au

Reference : Thomson, H.  Discover your Inner Strength.  The Scientist.  18th April 2020, No 3278, p. 34-38

Author: Michael Dermansky

Michael has now been working in physiotherapy for over 20 years, since graduating from Melbourne University in 1998 and is even more passionate about getting the best outcomes for clients than he was then. Michael is always studying and looking for new and innovative ways to improve the service at MD Health, including and not limited to the ideas from the fitness industry and great customer service companies. In his spare moments, he loves spending time with his two children, Sebastian and Alexander and hopefully taking them skiing more and more often.

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