Obesity is a contributing factor to Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease – What to do about it

Currently Obesity is labelled as a risk factor for CVD and Metabolic Disease; as is sedentary lifestyle (not participating in at least moderate physical activity for at least three days per week for three months). Both risk factors can be alleviated by increasing physical activity to recommended amounts!

This may seem like an easy fix, but for most people it takes a little motivation and a bit of planning to begin an exercise regimen. Further evidence suggests that muscle-strengthening activities, such as resistance exercise and yoga, may be associated with a reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes (when cardiovascular exercise is included there is a substantial reduction).

A Harvard School of Public Health study has followed 99,316 middle aged women over the course of 8 years that compared those who had engaged in resistance training and those who did not to determine the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes (T2D). What researchers found was none to shocking:

Women who engaged in exercise at the recommended amount had substantially lower incidents of T2D.

Similar results have been found in other studies comparing exercise and the risk of disease in populations spanning the world. Engaging in Strength and Cardiovascular Training has been shown to beneficial in so many ways that this new year is a great time to start a program and share the news with friends and loved ones.

Want to read the whole 18-page study? Click here!

Source: Anders, Grontved, et al. Muscle-Strenthening and Conditioning Activities and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: A Prospective Study in Two Cohorts of US Women. January 14, 2014. PLOS Medicine. Accessed January 18, 2014.

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