Resistance Training Prevents Metabolic Syndrome

Resistance Training Prevents Metabolic Syndrome

The metabolic syndrome is a mixture of health problems that include insulin resistance, high blood pressure, abnormal blood fats, abdominal fat deposition, type 2 diabetes, inflammation and bloodclotting abnormalities. The risk of the metabolic syndrome increases with age and is at least partially linked to decreases in muscle mass, which makes it more difficult to regulate blood sugar.

A study from Hackensack University Medical Center in New York showed that while aerobics were most important for preventing heart disease, resistance training (you can decide for body-weight training) should be incorporated in a well-rounded physical activity program because of its effect on muscle mass and the risk factors of the metabolic syndrome.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.


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