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Looking for more ways to strengthen your muscles, bones, and your core – review the benefits of resistance training for longterm overall health:
It’s not exactly news that physical activity and exercise have powerful health benefits. Indeed, it’s an insight almost as old as recorded history.
In the fifth century BC, the famous Greek physician Hippocrates observed, “All parts of the body, if used in moderation and exercised in labors to which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy and well developed and age slowly; but if they are unused and left idle, they become liable to disease, defective in growth and age quickly” (Kokkinos & Myers 2010).
Scientists have proved Hippocrates right time and again in recent years. In a review of the latest science, Booth, Roberts & Regular exercise and physical activity do much to prevent many physical ailments. Listed below are some of the specific health benefits of resistance training.
- Increase in resting metabolic rate
- Improvement in self-esteem and self-concept
- Improvement in resting systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels if initially elevated
- Increase in bone mineral density in specific sites that are trained
- Improvement in blood lipid profile, including lower triglycerides, higher HDL cholesterol and lower LDL cholesterol
- Enhanced physical function in relation to activities of daily living
- Slowing of sarcopenia and age- related factors in skeletal m
- Improvement in insulin sensitivity and glycemic control
- Heightened cognitive abilities
- Better management and control of depression
Originally posted at ideafit.com
Recent years have found us looking more and more to experts in our quest for health. Part of the reason for this emphasis is propelled by the obesity epidemic.
Statistics tell us that over 60% of the population of the United States is overweight. This is a frightening statistic. It is small wonder that we look to food intake to help solve the problem.
The term “super food” has come into being in recent years. It is the belief, supported by science, that some foods are more nutrient dense than others.
The number of nutrients found in some foods may appear in larger quantities than is found in most foods. This alone may qualify them as a super food.
A food super high in polyphenols, does not need to contain an overabundance of fiber or antioxidants to qualify as a super food. This points out that variety in any diet can be important.
Even though a food may be counted as a super food, the processing that it goes through before it is found on the supermarket shelf, may disqualify it.
Lists of super foods can vary a great deal from one to another. Also, as scientific studies become available, new super foods are always being touted as important.
With restructuring of acceptable diets, some super foods are likely to appear on one and not another. It is certainly a good thing that there are so many to choose from.
It is good to become familiar with all foods that fall into the category of super foods. It is even better to know why they are categorized as such.
This knowledge will help anyone interested in maximizing the use of super foods, to understand their place in the diet. An individual can then determine which of these foods will fit into his or her diet plan.