Prof. Lee, specialist in kinesiology says "People may think they need to spend a lot of time lifting weights, but just two sets of bench presses that take less than 5 minutes could be effective,"
"The results are encouraging, but will people make weightlifting part of their lifestyle? Will they do it and stick with it? That's the million-dollar question," Lee said.
As far as resistance training is concerned, there are certain limitations. It is not as easy to incorporate weight-lifting into our daily routine as we do with other physical activities. We need to spend some time to go to a gym and shell out money to get the membership. Unlike aerobic exercises that involve mobility and enormous physical activity, weight-lifting is stationary and the access to weight machines is limited. Whereas we have easy access to cycling, hiking, walking, etc. In the case of weight-lifting, etc, the key factor is ''lifting any weight that increases resistance on your muscles''. Any muscle-strengthening activities could be beneficial to cardiovascular health. The additional benefits we get are bone health, muscle strength and physical functioning. Lee strongly believes that weight lifting is just as good for your heart as other physical activities.
Muscle has the ability to burn calories; more muscle means, you can burn more energy. With no aerobic activities, you can still burn energy because you have good muscles. According to Prof. Lee "If you build muscle, even if you're not aerobically active, you burn more energy because you have more muscle. This also helps prevent obesity and provide long-term benefits on various health outcomes."
The results are encouraging, but the moot question is: Will people make weightlifting part of their lifestyle? We need more research on this interesting aspects of resistance exercises.
Yanghui Liu, Duck-chul Lee, Yehua Li, Weicheng Zhu, Riquan Zhang, Xuemei Sui, Carl J. Lavie, Steven N. Blair. Associations of Resistance Exercise with Cardiovascular Disease Morbidity and Mortality. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 2018.