Wednesday, June 07, 2017

You need to start pumping iron

Look how happy he is.
If you do, you'll live forever.

Modern exercise science shows that working with weights—whether that weight is a light dumbbell or your own body—may be the best exercise for lifelong physical function and fitness, Markham Heid writes.

He quotes Brad Schoenfeld, an assistant professor of exercise science at New York City’s Lehman College, who has more than 30 academic papers on every aspect of resistance training: “To me, resistance training is the most important form of training for overall health and wellness.”
“Resistance training counteracts all those bone losses and postural deficits,” he says. Through a process known as bone remodeling, strength training stimulates the development of bone osteoblasts: cells that build bones back up. While you can achieve some of these bone benefits through aerobic exercise, especially in your lower body, resistance training is really the best way to maintain and enhance total-body bone strength.
And research links resistance training with improved insulin sensitivity among people with diabetes and prediabetes. Strength training also seems to be a potent antidote to inflammation, a major risk factor for heart disease and other conditions. More research has linked strength training to improved focus and cognitive function, better balance, less anxiety and greater well-being.

If you google it, you'll find lots of articles on how to get started.

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