Conventional wisdom has long held that running is better for heart health than weightlifting.
But a new study says that’s not so.
Scientists looked at health records of 4,000 people. They concluded that, while both forms of exercise lower the risk of heart disease, weightlifting has a greater effect than running, walking or cycling, as reported in publications including the British Telegraph. The study also supports earlier views that weightlifting is better for the circulatory system because the “oxygen expenditure” is more intense.
Any exercise is good, of course. And weightlifting (or resistance training) also has other health benefits for people over 50. For example, it helps improve functional independence. Here are some of those benefits, accumulated by RunRepeat, which reviews all kinds of athletic footwear.
“The science is clear,” RunRepeat says. “Weightlifting will help reduce tons of risk factors for falls, improve functional independence, functional capacity, and quality of life.”
In short, it’s a necessity for people in their 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond. Come in and let us show you how easy and enjoyable it is to gain these functional benefits from resistance training.
If you suffer from chronic pain in your low back, you are not alone. Not by a long shot.
Unfortunately, low back pain is widespread, and it’s often hard to figure out why it’s happening or how to feel better. Too many people reflexively turn to medications, surgery or ongoing misery.
We know there’s a better way: movement.
“Moving is probably the most important thing you can do for back pain,” states an article on Vox that reviewed dozens of studies into low back pain. “When back pain strikes, your first instinct may be to avoid physical activity and retreat to the couch until the pain subsides. But doctors now think that in most cases, this is probably the worst thing you can do.”
Let’s discuss the best exercise options for you. In the meantime, review these five facts about low back pain in America.