Researchers focused their study on more than 32,000 men and found that regular weight-training – 30 minutes a day, five times a week – reduces the risk of developing diabetes by up to a third. If weight training isn’t for you, the study also found that even less regular exercise – up to an hour a week – still had an impact, cutting the risk of developing the disease by 12%.
Regular aerobic exercise was found to be slightly better with regular activity halving the risk. For those who want to eliminate the risk of developing diabetes as much as possible; combining aerobic exercise with weight-training was seen to have the greatest effect; reducing the risk up to 59%.
Although it is already well-known that regular exercise can prevent the risk of developing diabetes, the report’s insight into the positive effects of weight-training will come as welcome news to those with mobility issues.
“Many people have difficulty engaging in or adhering to aerobic exercise,” says Anders Grontved, lead author of the study. “These new results suggest that weight-training, to a large extent, can serve as an alternative.”
Power Plate® training could also help to reduce the risk of diabetes. A study produced by the European Journal of Obesity in 2010 reported that Whole Body Vibration Training can help to reduce visceral fat round the mid section; which is often an early indicator of diabetes.
So whether it’s vibration training, weight-lifting or running that gets you going; now there’s an even better reason to keep fit and stay healthy.