LONDON (Reuters) – Lifting weights for less than one hour each week reduces the risk of strokes and heart attacks by as much as 70 percent, according to a study.
Scientists at the University of Iowa analyzed the relationship between resistance and cardiovascular disease in nearly 13,000 adults. Researchers found that weight lifting and iron limited the possibility of developing metabolic syndrome (a term that includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, and increased body fat especially in around the waist, all of which cause coronary artery disease, stroke and diabetes), and data found that lifting weights longer reduces the chance of heart disease.
"People might think they need to spend a lot of time in weight lifting, but lifting for about 5 minutes can be effective in strengthening muscles, burning more calories," said Dr. Bebek Chulley, a professor of motion science at the University of Washington. Muscle formation helps move joints and bones, but there are also benefits in relation to metabolism. "
"If we are able to build muscle, even if it's not active, burning more energy is because of these muscles, which help prevent obesity and provide long-term benefits to various health outcomes," the researchers said.