1 Hour of Weights a Week May Cut Heart Attack Risk

November 15, 2018

1 Hour of Weights a Week May Cut Heart Attack Risk

Lifting weights for less than an hour a week may reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke by 40 to 70 percent, according to a new study.

“People may think they need to spend a lot of time lifting weights, but just two sets of bench presses that take less than 5 minutes could be effective,” says DC (Duck-chul) Lee, associate professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University.

In other words, you don’t have to meet the recommended guidelines for aerobic physical activity to lower your risk; weight training alone is enough.

They measured three health outcomes: cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke that did not result in death, all cardiovascular events including death and any type of death.

Lee says resistance exercise reduced the risk for all three.

“Lifting any weight that increases resistance on your muscles is the key,” Lee says.

In the two studies (one, two), which appear in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers found resistance exercise lowered the risk for both.

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