WEIGHTLIFT­ING BET­TER THAN WALK­ING AND CYCLING FOR HEART

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While it is well-known that phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties pro­mote heart health, a new study sug­gests that weightlift­ing, rather than walk­ing and cycling, can bet­ter help keep heart dis­eases at bay. The study showed that en­gag­ing in both static ac­tiv­i­ties such as strength train­ing and dy­namic ac­tiv­i­ties like walk­ing and cycling was as­so­ci­ated with 30 to 70 per cent lower rates of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease risk fac­tors. But, the as­so­ci­a­tions were strong­est for strength train­ing among youth than older adults.

“Both strength train­ing and aer­o­bic ac­tiv­ity ap­peared to be heart healthy, even in small amounts, at the pop­u­la­tion level,” said Maia P. Smith, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor at St Ge­orge’s Univer­sity in Grenada. “How­ever, static ac­tiv­ity ap­peared more ben­e­fi­cial than dy­namic,” Smith added.

Fur­ther, the researchers sug­gested that clin­i­cians should coun­sel pa­tients, es­pe­cially the el­derly, to ex­er­cise re­gard­less of ac­tiv­ity types as pa­tients who did both types of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity fared bet­ter than pa­tients who sim­ply in­creased the level of one type of ac­tiv­ity.

“The im­por­tant thing is to make sure they are en­gag­ing in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity,” Smith said.

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