Pumping Weights Also Pumps up Your Heart - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/22/02

Pumping Weights Also Pumps up Your Heart

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that weightlifting reduces the risk of Coronary Heart Disease. It does that in a number of ways, such as lowering the bad kind of cholesterol and increasing the good kind. Weightlifting also helps reduce body fat and helps the body process sugarĂ  leading to a healthier heart.

"People have believed that lifting weights is beneficial to the heart, but this is the first piece of evidence to support this belief," says Dr. Mihaela Tanasescu, a Harvard researcher.

That is not all the study found. Dr. Mihaela Tanasescu and fellow Harvard researchers studied data gathered over 12 years from more than 44,000 men. The data showed that men who took brisk walks for a half-hour a day did have a reduced risk for heart disease, but that others who did more intense exercise saw their risk reduced significantly more. That means running, jogging, and pumping iron can all keep your heart pumping stronger and longer.

Though the Harvard researchers reported only on men in this study, they say the heart-health benefits of more intense exercise and weightlifting are just as great in women. For more information, (click here).

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