Want to live longer, look better, and feel full of energy? Look no further than how you eat and live. Some lifestyle choices lengthen lifespan; others shorten it dramatically. By: Maureen Callahan, MS, RD
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Stronger bones. Lower blood sugar levels. A better lipid profile that is good for the heart. These are just some of the documented benefits of lifting weights. Also, a recent study found that multiple sets of resistance exercise or high-intensity lifting (higher weight amounts) helped improve blood sugar and insulin sensitivity in prediabetic young adults. Prefer yoga? It has the same kind of impact on blood sugar and lowers LDL, or “bad” cholesterol.
The Longevity Fix: The American College of Sports Medicine suggests resistance training two to three days per week with eight to 10 exercises for major muscle groups.