Weights and Cardio Show Top Results
Exercising 30 minutes per day helps prevent type 2 diabetes. But does it matter whether people lift weights or hit the treadmill? To find out, researchers tracked the health and physical activity of over 32,000 men between 1990 and 2008. Men who spent at least 150 minutes per week doing weight training were 34 percent less likely to develop type 2 than sedentary people. Running, biking, or doing other aerobic activities instead was associated with a 52 percent lower diabetes risk. The biggest benefit, a 59 percent risk reduction, came from a combination of weight training and cardio.
Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, published online Aug. 6, 2012