Leaderboard
Les Mills
Les Mills
Les Mills
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

Follow Health Club Management on Twitter Like Health Club Management on Facebook Follow Health Club Management on Google+ Join the discussion with Health Club Management on LinkedIn Subscribe to Health Club Management Get RSS alerts from Health Club Management magazine
Get the latest news, jobs and features in your inbox
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

features

Research: A small amount of resistance training goes a long way

Recent research shows just a small amount of resistance training per week can dramatically reduce the risk of combined obesity, diabetes and hypertension

Published in Health Club Management 2017 issue 8
Resistance training / photo: shutterstock.com
Resistance training / photo: shutterstock.com
Relatively small amounts of resistance exercise resulted in the highest reduction in risk

It’s widely recognised that resistance training improves body strength and physique, but a new study suggests that this form of exercise may also benefit heart health. Researchers have found that just a small amount of strength/resistance training is likely to significantly lower a person’s risk of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is the medical term for a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Each condition is risky on its own, but when all three occur together, the associated health risks grow significantly. Having the syndrome hugely increases a person’s likelihood of developing cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Aerobic exercise has long been recommended as a preventative measure against metabolic syndrome. However, until recently, the benefits of resistance training were not so well established.

“Resistance exercise was already known to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and improve bone health, but nothing was known about its effects on the development of metabolic syndrome,” says lead author Esmee Bakker of Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Resisting disease
Bakker and her research team followed 7,418 middle-aged men and women who received medical examinations between 1987 and 2006. During their examination, participants self-reported their exercise frequency and type.

“At the beginning of the study, all participants were healthy. Over the years, participants came back for follow-up examinations, and we looked at the onset of metabolic syndrome,” says Bakker.

The research team found that 1,147 participants, or 15 per cent, had developed metabolic syndrome during the follow-up period. However, they also found that doing resistance exercise dramatically reduced the risk of developing the syndrome.

Small change, big gains
“We found that two or more sessions of resistance training per week, independent of aerobic exercise, decreases the risk of metabolic syndrome,” explains Bakker. “In particular, relatively small amounts of resistance exercise – less than one hour per week – resulted in the highest reduction in risk (29 per cent) compared with no resistance exercise.

“We also found that two or more sessions of resistance exercise and at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise per week is superior in preventing metabolic syndrome.”

These results were independent of other healthy behaviours.

Interestingly, the researchers found that doing more than an hour of resistance training did not further decrease the risk of developing metabolic syndrome – suggesting that the optimal amount of exercise should be relatively easy for people to maintain.

* Bakker, E.A, et al. Association of resistance exercise, independent of and combined with aerobic exercise, with the incidence of metabolic syndrome. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 14 June 2017

http://www.leisureopportunities.com/images/726931_879364.jpg
New research shows that a small amount of strength training per week can dramatically reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome
Spirit Fitness UK
Spirit Fitness UK
Latest News
The University of Birmingham has officially opened an indoor sports centre, designed by British architecture ...
Latest News
Low-cost fitness operator The Gym Group today announced it has acquired 18 gyms from fellow ...
Latest News
The physical activity sector's chartered professional body has received £1.2m (US$1.6m, €1.3m) from Sport England ...
Latest News
Australian fitness franchise F45 is concentrating on growth in the US and UK as it ...
Latest News
David Lloyd Leisure (DLL) has completed the sale and leaseback of its health and fitness ...
Latest News
Leisure development company Alliance Leisure and group exercise specialist Les Mills UK are working together ...
Latest News
UK-based dance fitness brand Clubbercise has launched an instructor training course in Australia. Nine students ...
Latest News
St George’s Park Westfield - the third hub of the FA Parklife Programme - will ...
Latest News
Triyoga will open a 6,000sq ft (557sq m) studio in East London’s Shoreditch next month ...
Latest News
Industry veteran Jon Johnston, formerly managing director of Matrix Fitness, today announced the launch of ...
Latest News
Construction of a £26m leisure centre in Dover, Kent, has been given the go ahead, ...
Job search
Current vacancies
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Video Gallery
Welcome to Active IQ
Active IQ
Active IQ is an awarding organisation recognised and regulated by Ofqual within the Active Leisure sector designing qualifications that support clear career pathways. Read more
More videos:
Company profile
Company profile: DFC
At DFC, we offer a totally transparent membership collections service, with clear pricing and no ...
Company profile
Company profile: MYZONE Group Ltd
At MYZONE we reward EFFORT to solve the pervasive problem of ‘diminishing motivation within exercisers’ ...
directory
directory
WeBuyGymEquipment.com
directory
ResortSuite
directory
Taylor Made Designs
directory
Swimrite Supplies Ltd / SRS Leisure
directory
Performance Health Systems UK Ltd/Power Plate
directory
Cybex International UK Ltd
directory
SpaBooker
directory
MYZONE
directory
Safe Space Lockers Ltd
directory
Move GB
directory
Featured supplier
Supplier profile: Finalist for Amazon Digital Awards release free Facebook marketing guide for fitness operators
Amazon Digital Business of the Year finalist MoveGB has released a free guide on how fitness operators can use Facebook to help grow their business. View full profile...
Featured supplier
Supplier profile: The all new Expresso GO Bike raises the bar for indoor cycling
Cardio equipment is generally the largest expense that a club makes, but it is often hard for operators to quantify their return on investment. View full profile...
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
23 Sep 2017
Bucks New University, High Wycombe, United Kingdom
Diary dates
26 Sep 2017
Le Meridien, Piccadilly, London , United Kingdom
Diary dates
Leaderboard
Leaderboard
Les Mills
Les Mills