February 5, 2001 |
Let's face it--our muscles look and feel much better when we exercise them, and one of the fastest and most effective ways to condition them is to use resistance training. This means that when you gradually use your muscles to lift a little more weight than they are accustomed to (but not more than they can handle), your body gets stronger. After only a few weeks of doing weightlifting exercises regularly, you'll be able to easily lift and carry things that used to feel heavy.
November 23, 2010 |
Yet more support for the combination of aerobic and resistance training exercise: A new study released Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. finds that combining the two was good for blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes, more than those who did not exercise or who did just aerobics or resistance training. The study participants were made up of 262 sedentary men and women who had Type 2 diabetes and hemoglobin A1C levels of at least 6.5%. A1C levels are a measure of blood glucose over a two- to three-month period, and 4% to 6% is considered a normal range.
November 15, 2004 |
Weight training has gained attention in recent years as a way to prevent bone loss in postmenopausal women. Now experts say that this type of exercise is crucial for everyone -- the young, the elderly and everyone in between. In issuing updated, broad exercise guidelines for children and adults, the American College of Sports Medicine emphasized not just the benefits of cardiovascular exercise but the advantages of often-overlooked resistance training as well.
January 10, 2011 |
My son is 12 years old, and he's going through a lot of changes in his life, most of which he'd rather not see published in this column. However, there is one change I have permission to relay: He's started lifting weights under my supervision. I can already hear the protestations of physicians and parents. "Blasphemy!" they cry. "It's not safe!" Many of them believe that weight training should wait until the end of puberty because it can cause serious, growth-stunting injury.
February 13, 2011 |
Strength training has strong-armed its way beyond the realm of bodybuilding. A growing body of research shows that working out with weights has health benefits beyond simply bulking up one's muscles and strengthening bones. Studies are finding that more lean muscle mass may allow kidney dialysis patients to live longer, give older people better cognitive function, reduce depression, boost good cholesterol, lessen the swelling and discomfort of lymphedema after breast cancer and help lower the risk of diabetes.
August 11, 2011 |
Smokers may have another tool to use in the battle to stop puffing: resistance training. A pilot study found that men and women who did several weeks of strength training had better quit rates than those who watched health and wellness videos. Researchers tracked the progress of 25 male and female smokers, all of whom received nicotine patches and a counseling session on how to stop smoking. They were then randomly split into two groups--one did three months of resistance training, and the other watched twice-weekly videos on health-related topics.