Health & Well-Being

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Get a gym membership!

If exercising more was one of your New Year’s Resolutions, chances are you’ve already given up or you’re already on the verge of doing so. A new study from the Iowa State University suggests that people with a health club membership exercise more, so you might want to consider joining in one.

Benefits

Duck-chul (DC) Lee, an assistant professor of kinesiology and corresponding author of the paper, says the study found people who belonged to a health club not only exercised more – they also had better cardiovascular health outcomes. Those health benefits were even greater for people who had a gym membership for more than a year.

Members vs. non members

Gym members were 14 times more aerobically active than non-members and 10 times more likely to meet muscle-strengthening guidelines, regardless of their age and weight. The results were similar in both men and women. Gym members overall had a more active lifestyle. Researchers say members were just as active outside the gym and in their daily lives, which contributed to better health outcomes like lowering the odds of being obese, lower resting heart rate and higher cardiorespiratory fitness.

Elizabeth Schroeder, lead author and a former Iowa State graduate student, says while most people join a gym to lose weight, the research shows the many benefits of exercise. ν

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