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What Other Research Has Been Done on the Health Effects of Weight Training on Senior Adults?

What Effects Does Weight Training Have on Heart Disease?

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Weight training is important for cardiac health because heart disease risk is lower when the body is leaner. One study found that cardiac patients gained not only strength and flexibility but also aerobic capacity when they did weight training three times a week as part of their rehabilitation program. This and other studies have prompted the American Heart Association to recommend weight training as a way to reduce risk of heart disease and as a therapy for patients in cardiac rehabilitation programs.

Research and Background About Weight Training

Scientific research has shown that exercise can slow the physiological aging clock. While aerobic exercise, such as walking, jogging, or swimming, has many excellent health benefits�it maintains the heart and lungs and increases cardiovascular fitness and endurance�it does not make your muscles strong. Weight training does. Studies have shown that lifting weights two or three times a week increases strength by building muscle mass and bone density.One 12-month study conducted on postmenopausal women at Tufts University demonstrated 1% gains in hip and spine bone density, 75% increases in strength and 13% increases in dynamic balance with just two days per week of progressive weight training. The control group had losses in bone, strength, and balance. Weight training programs can also have a profound effect on reducing risk for falls, which translates to fewer fractures.

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Adapted from: Growing Stronger - Strength Training for Older Adults: Why Strength Training?


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