Aerobic exercise has been popular for ages, and has sold a lot of workout programs.
From dance aerobics to jogging to cycling, there are countless varieties you can use that suit your personal preferences.
But when it comes to heart health, is aerobic exercise the best you can get?
Research presented by the American College of Cardiology suggests that static exercise (resistance) could have greater heart health benefits than dynamic exercise (aerobic or cardio).
Researchers pulled data from a survey of over 4,000 American adults in the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Study.
They found that those who engaged in either static or dynamic activities had 30 to 70 percent lower rates of cardiovascular disease risk factors, like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and excess weight.
While both forms of exercise were found to be associated with lower rates of these risk factors, static activity was found to have lower rates than dynamic.
However, those who engaged in both were associated with lower rates than either form individually.
This is very interesting information at our disposal, as we develop safe and healthy exercise regimens for our health. If these results hold true, it seems that we can leverage our strength training to include a compliment of cardiovascular training to achieve the best outcomes for our heart health.
Combining that with a stellar diet that includes all the nutrients, minerals, phytochemicals, etc. that we need for excellent health, proper exercise programs can be a real difference maker.
So talk to an exercise professional to find out what works best for you and what will keep you motivated.
Steve, the former editor of Iron Man Magazine, and his wife Becky put together a program that uses resistance training to naturally achieve aerobic training benefits in the process.
I’ve personally used this program and it is one of my favorites. It’s fairly quick, simple and requires little, if any, equipment.
Check it out here if you are interested. Even if you don’t purchase their book, you might get some inspiration.
And please talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise or diet program, including those found on this website. This article and its recommendations are for informational purposes only. See below for more details.
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