The heart is a muscle, and scientists have long known that regular exercise is essential to maintaining heart health. New research is shedding light on just how much exercise is necessary and the types of exercise that are most effective.

The Study

A group of scientists set out to find the correlation between resistance exercise and heart attacks, strokes, and other major cardiovascular problems. The study lasted for 10 years, and there were 12,591 human subjects who participated.

The average age of participants was 47 years old, so there were some participants at an age where heart attacks are common and others were at an age where cardiovascular problems usually start presenting themselves. Throughout the ten year study, participants answered medical questionnaires. Scientists analyzed the answers to find trends.

The Results

It was found that just one hour of resistance exercise, also known as strength training, drastically decreases the likelihood of potentially fatal cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes.

Scientists are very optimistic that members of the general public may find it easier to apply these results in their daily lives because it takes significantly less time to meet the recommended daily dose of resistance exercise than it does to reach the recommended levels of cardio.

How To Apply It

The one hour a week regimen can be broken down to five minutes of bench pressing per day. You don’t have to be a bodybuilder or a gym member to reach this important health goal.

Push Ups, lunges, squats, planking, wall presses, chair presses, and balancing exercises are all examples of resistance exercises that can be done from the comfort of home. These exercises are also safer than lifting heavy barbells for beginners or people with injuries and other health concerns. One hour a week equates to a few minutes a day.