Using data sourced from 4,086 adult participants in the 2005 to 2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, researchers analyzed how static activities (like strength training) and dynamic activities (like running) affect heart health. And guess what? "Static activity appeared more beneficial than dynamic," says Maia Smith, PhD, statistical epidemiologist and assistant professor at St. George’s University in Grenada.
"Clinicians should counsel patients to exercise regardless...The important thing is to make sure they are engaging in physical activity." —Maia Smith, PhD
A boon for lifters to be sure, but the news isn't bad for treadmill devotees: "Patients who did both types of physical activity fared better than patients who simply increased the level of one type of activity," says Dr. Smith. "Clinicians should counsel patients to exercise regardless...The important thing is to make sure they are engaging in physical activity."
If you want to make the most of the the hour you have to hit the gym, make sure you're giving those medicine ball slams as much attention as the stairclimber.
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