Small Amounts of Weight Lifting Boosts Overall Strength
Getting stronger takes less time than you may think. In a small study, researchers measured the strength of 34 healthy young men who were regular weight lifters. Then they randomly divided them into three groups. Each group did seven strength-building exercises, such as bench presses and leg presses, three times a week. The difference: The groups did one, three, or five equally strenuous sets of each exercise. After two months, each group had improved their strength and endurance equally, no matter how much they lifted. Talk to your doctor before making changes to your activity level. Then add a few minutes of lifting to your sweat session two or three times a week.
Source: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Aug. 28, 2018