Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors - abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and excess body fat around the waist – that double one’s risk of early mortality. This risk can be lowered significantly. A quote from this study, Inverse associations between muscle mass, strength, and the metabolic syndrome:
"Findings indicate that insulin resistance is a central abnormality in the metabolic syndrome (MetS) and that muscle mass and strength are strong protective factors independent of insulin resistance and abdominal fat accumulation. If confirmed prospectively, increases in muscle mass and strength needed to prevent a substantial proportion of MetS cases would be achievable with a short-term strength training intervention."
Strength training does more than produce bigger and stronger muscles: strength training, particularly high intensity training (HIT) for strength, produces a response from the endocrine system. In response to HIT’s demands on the body the following fat-burning hormones are released:
Do nothing and your fat cells release their own hormones that work to increase your fat even more. Eventually a stroke or heart attack will occur. Don’t know where to begin to make changes? Begin with something you can stick to – once-a-week 30-minute sessions of HIT. Take it easy at first and do a little more each week. You'll feel better and be more inclined to spend more time doing physical activities you enjoy. Couple these changes with changes in your eating habits, and over time, the improvement in your health will be transformative.
It can be done. One of our clients lost 60 pounds went from five insulin shots down to one a day. At Austin Personal Training and New Orleans Personal Training we can help you achieve the goal of a stronger healthier body.