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Aerobics Plus Weights is Best Defense Against Metabolic Syndrome

admin - July 22, 2011

Power Walk to Prevent Heart Disease

Power walk to prevent heart disease.

MedPage Today, in a July 20, 2011 article by Crystal Phend, reported that “Walking, jogging, and cycling may be key in the battle against metabolic syndrome, whereas weight lifting doesn’t help on its own.” This is according to a study published online on July 11 in The American Journal of Cardiology.

Don’t rule out weights, however, because a combination of both aerobics and resistance training produced the best results for lowering overall metabolic syndrome risk factors. This according to a statement made by Lori A. Bateman, MS, of Duke University Medical Center, and her colleagues, all of whom were associated with the study:

“Eight months of resistance training had little impact on metabolic syndrome or its components in overweight adults with poor lipid profiles,” and “the same duration of aerobic exercise yielded greater benefits for weight, waist circumference, triglycerides, and overall metabolic syndrome score, with significant benefits on all counts for the combination of aerobics and weights.”

What is Metabolic Syndrome?

Add Weights to Aerobics to Further Reduce Risk for Heart Disease

Adding weight training to your power walk routine will help further reduce your risk for heart disease.

Metabolic syndrome is the name for the risk factors that can lead to heart disease and diabetes, and according to the American Heart Association, 35 percent of adults have it. Metabolic syndrome risk factors include:

• Belly fat
• High triglyceride levels (fat in the blood)
• Low HDL (good) cholesterol levels
• High blood pressure
• High blood sugar

These risks are known to be significantly less with diet and exercise, and aerobics along with weight training is your best bet for fighting this problem as indicated by the study.

Additionally, weight training can provide other benefits, such as:

• More strength, less injury
• Increased flexibility
• Boosted metabolism with reduced body fat
• Better muscle definition
• Better state of mind

These benefits are true for all age groups.

You can find out where you stand with your metabolic syndrome risk factors by getting a heart disease screening.

More Resources:

Read full MedPage Today article at:

Read the study abstract in The American Journal of Cardiology:

Visit the American Heart Association for more about metabolic syndrome at:


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