Weight-training in childhood and teen years can reduce cardio-metabolic health risks

Posted 05/30/2014 | By HealthCorps

Most programs that attempt to intercept teen obesity usually emphasize calorie restriction and aerobic exercise. A new study suggests that teens who weight train can experience lowered risks of cardio-metabolic diseases like heart disease and diabetes.

Until now, the focus had been to lower the BMI with dietary intervention, increased aerobic fitness, and to help kids avoid sedentary behavior, as a means to reduce (obesity and) the risk of developing heart disease or diabetes prematurely. This new research suggests recommending weight training (resistance training) to help kids and teens to lower their risk of developing serious lifestyle-related diseases. The researchers concluded that the formula to battle obesity and/or help a teen to lose weight should include diet, aerobic exercise, and weight training.

Weight training is actually trending among adults and enjoying a renewed Renaissance, particularly as a tool to help with weight loss. Weight training can actually be a great bonding experience for parents and their kids.

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