STRENGTH TRAINING: Health Problems That Can Be Improved By This

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Here are the health problems that can be improved by strength training

Doing strength training will not just make you stronger or make your body leaner but this can also improve several health problems.

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Multiple Sclerosis: can reduce fatigue

80 percent of people with this condition often experience fatigue, as well as, bladder control issues, balance difficulties, and limb tingling, according to the article from The Healthy. A study in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal stated that patients who underwent progressive resistance training for six months experienced favorable brain changes. This can deter the progression of the disease

Lower Back Pain: can reduce discomfort

Some people have the misconception that if they feel pain on their lower back, they must take a rest. However, according to the article, it is more advisable to move rather than to rest because it was found out in a study that people who suffered from back pain and did three free-weight training sessions per week for 16 weeks experienced 72 percent less pain and 76 percent less disability.

Parkinson’s Disease: improves mobility

A 2017 Italian review aimed to analyze the role of strength training in Parkinson’s disease through a 13-trial examination. Researchers had this conclusion after: “it could help improve physical symptoms as well as the quality of life.” However, they pointed out that more studies are needed to support that this activity is more effective than the others.

Osteopenia: can reduce bone loss

The study published in the journal Bone concluded that women who were diagnosed with osteopenia and had exercise protocol (at least twice per week, about two hours) had increased bone density.

Heart Disease: can boost fitness

Resistance training improved aerobic fitness just as much as aerobic exercise, while improving lower and upper body strength, according to the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. Meanwhile, the American Heart Association recommends logging 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity five days per week to prevent heart disease.

COPD: can improve the breathing

A 2017 study concluded that COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) patients who performed a combo of endurance and strength training (30 minutes of each per session, three times a week) experience improved muscle strength. This is compared to those doing endurance training or receiving medical treatment only.

Type 2 Diabetes: can improve blood sugar management

Exercising is one of the main ways of preventing and managing type 2 diabetes. This kind of activity helps muscles soak up glucose from your blood and use it for energy. Doing cardio will also help manage insulin while strength training makes it more sensitive to it, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Anxiety: can turn down the volume

Resistance exercise of one-rep max (where you lift the heaviest weight you can for one rep) can be an effective way to lower anxious feelings both after a single session and long-term practice. This was stated in a study in Frontiers in Psychology.

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