• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Resistance Training

  • By: Joseph Ciccolo, Lucas J. Carr, Katie L. Krupel & Jaime L. Longval
  • In: Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine & Health
  • Edited by: James M. Rippe
  • Subject:Health Psychology / Behavioral Medicine, Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology

Resistance training (RT; also strength training or weight training) is a well-established form of exercise that results in improved physical and mental health. When properly prescribed, RT increases muscle strength, speed, size, power, endurance, balance, and coordination, and it can reduce the risks of several chronic diseases and physical and mental impairments. An enhanced musculoskeletal system can have profound effects on health, as evidenced by a recent study that found muscular strength to be inversely and independently associated with death from all causes in men, even after adjusting for cardiorespiratory fitness and other potential confounders. These results are further supported by a wealth of other prospective studies that have shown this relationship for both men and women. Such reports underline the importance of regularly ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles