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Strength training linked to improved heart health

Researchers say consumers don’t need to lift too many weights to see positive effects

Originally published Nov. 13, 2018 in Consumer Affairs.

By Kristen Dalli

While many consumers think that hitting the weight room is only making them stronger and more muscular, a new study found that there may be health benefits associated with even the lightest weightlifting regimen.

Researchers from Iowa State University found that people who spend under an hour every week lifting weights were at a reduced risk of having a heart attack or stroke. This news may be most positive to those who are leery of the weight room, as the researchers also found that any additional time lifting weights wasn’t improving health in any way. Read More

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Muscular Fitness Plays Key Role in Academic Success, Study Finds

Studies continue to define the impact improved cardiovascular fitness has on students’ academic readiness, and a recent study details the positive correlation between muscular fitness and cognitive function.

“Muscular Fitness, Working Memory and Academic Achievement in Children,” authored by Shih-Chun Kao, concluded that “muscular fitness may have unique contributions to working memory independent of aerobic fitness.” Read More


Study links muscular fitness along with aerobic fitness to academic, cognitive improvement

May 10, 2017 – A recent study published in Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise shows that muscular fitness, in addition to aerobic fitness, positively impacts academic performance in adolescents.

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Shih-Chun Kao

The study, titled “Muscular and Aerobic Fitness, Working Memory, and Academic Achievement in Children,” details how fitness impacted the accuracy with which a group of 9 to 11-year-old students responded on academic and cognitive function tests. The study, led by Shih-Chun Kao, a researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, found more evidence that “aerobic fitness was associated with greater response accuracy and … increased mathematical performance in algebraic functions” while also linking muscular fitness to academic performance.

“Less is known regarding whether muscular fitness also relates to cognition, particularly in children,” he said in April, 2017. “Therefore, we conducted this study as a preliminary one to explore whether there is an association among aerobic fitness, muscular fitness, cognitive function, and academic achievement in children.” Read More