Lifting Weights

Good for overall health

People who lift weights are less likely to have metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors linked to heart disease and diabetes. A recent study finds a 37 percent reduction in the odds.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors that includes a large waist circumference (40 inches for men and 35 inches for women), high triglyceride levels, reduced levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, elevated blood pressure, and high glucose levels.

People having any three of those factors are considered to have the syndrome. 

Lifting weights is more common among men than women and among people under age 50. The researchers encouraged more people to give it a try.



"Lifting Weights Protects Against Metabolic Syndrome" Wolters Kluwer Health, 10/23/12



Build Your Mind Muscle

Regular physical activity may reduce the chances of developing dementia. A recent study found that older, nondisabled adults who exercised regularly cut their risk of vascular-related dementia by 40 percent and cognitive impairment of any kind by 60 percent.


“Regular Physical Activity Reduces Risk of Dementia in Older People,” American Heart Association, 11/1/12

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