Best exercise for improving heart health

Posted by: admin on: December 8, 2011

Lifestyle management is the need of the hour with hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia and cardiovascular risks on the rise. Here is a tip for the kind of exercise you need to get to reduce your risks.


A combination of weight training and aerobic exercise might be the best prescription for overweight people at risk for diabetes and heart disease, a new study suggests.

People doing only aerobic exercise dropped weight and inches off their waistlines — so an aerobic-only program is also a good (and less time-consuming) option, researchers said. Those in the study who just lifted weights saw very little benefit in terms of heart health, although they did gain strength.

“Aerobic plus resistance is clearly the optimal program,” said Dr. Timothy Church, who studies exercise and disease at Louisiana State University’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.

However, statistical analyses showed that participants doing both aerobics and weight training didn’t necessarily have better outcomes than those who just did aerobic training
Because aerobic exercise alone seemed to be almost as good, if not as good, as aerobic and resistance training combined, Bateman said that “when you’re weighing the time commitment that you’re going to spend, if your overall goal is to…improve your diabetes and heart disease risks, our study would suggest that aerobic exercise is the best way to better those outcomes.”

Resistance training builds muscle and bone, which can actually add weight to the body, although it is leaner, stronger body mass.
Both the aerobic-only group and the combined-exercise group also lowered their levels of triglycerides — a type of fat in the blood.
That said, “we’re not trying to send a message that resistance training is not good for things like increasing lean body mass or increasing strength,” she told Reuters Health.


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