In the United States, we are facing a huge health threat from chronic, preventable diseases. In the U.S more than a 3rd of the population is obese. If the trend continues almost half of the United States population will be obese in 2030.[1] Obesity and lack of exercise are leading to a host of risk factors for cardiovascular disease. These risk factors include increased waist circumference, elevated blood pressure, blood glucose, triglycerides, and low-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, which are collectively known as metabolic syndrome.[2] The good news is many of these risk factors can be reversed by resistance training! Research has shown that resistance training improves glycemic control, total cholesterol, and helps to reduce abdominal obesity. One study demonstrated that resistance training twice a week improved insulin sensitivity and decreased central adiposity in older men with type 2 diabetes.[3]

Resistance training can be adapted to any fitness level and progressed as fitness increases. It serves as a great tool for individuals that do not have the requisite fitness to begin aerobic training other than walking.  Do you want to improve your health and begin incorporating resistance training into your life?
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[1] Putnam, L. (2015). Workplace wellness that works: 10 steps to infuse well-being andvitality into any organization. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

[2] Sorace, P. (2014). RESISTANCE TRAINING AND METABOLIC SYNDROME: Muscles Do Matter. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, 18(6), 24-29.

[3] Sorace, P. (2014). RESISTANCE TRAINING AND METABOLIC SYNDROME: Muscles Do Matter. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, 18(6), 24-29.

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