Resistance Training for Better Health

A recent Finnish article printed in the journal Duodecim discusses the importance and under-utilization of resistance training in regard to treating obesity as well as slowing the aging process. The author discusses how resistance training aids in decreasing fat mass and abdominal obesity. It also improves insulin sensitivity. All of this can greatly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, which are two of the biggest killers in the United States and other developed countries.

The author goes on to discuss resistance training's ability to reduce frailty syndrome (summary of musculoskeletal loss and dysfunction associated with aging). The author also explores how resistance training is the biggest preventer of sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass and strength associated with aging). Resistance training can also help increase and maintain bone mineral density which can help decrease the risk of developing osteoporosis. The author also mentions that proper nutrition can enhance all of these features of resistance training.

The final recommendation is that resistance training should be a "central component of public health promotion programs along with aerobic exercise." A doctor of chiropractic can advise you on this and other important lifestyle changes you can make to optimize your musculoskeletal health as well as overall health.

Sundell J. Resistance training is an underutilized therapy in obesity and advanced age]. Duodecim. 2011;127(4):335-41.