A Weight and Cardio Combo Keeps The Doctors Away

It’s nice when you’re told that you’re doing something right, right? Especially when what you’re doing is something you’d no doubt be doing anyway, for the simple fact that you love it! Yep, resistance training and aerobic activities, especially when you reach old age reduces the likelihood of you needing to pay a visit to your doctor.

A study by Davis, Bryan and Carlo et al. (2013) found that old age pensioners (70-80 years) that spent approx 30mins a day performing resistance work, outdoor walking activities and/or balance and toning classes for 6 months were less likely to have to visit their GP. As a result, these individuals incurred fewer health care resources and thus were able to spend more time doing the things they wanted to!

So if you needed any more reason to get to the gym tonight or tomorrow morning, then here you go!


Jennifer C. Davis, Stirling Bryan, Carlo A. Marra, Devika Sharma, Alison Chan, B. Lynn Beattie, Peter Graf, Teresa Liu-Ambrose. An Economic Evaluation of Resistance Training and Aerobic Training versus Balance and Toning Exercises in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment. PLoS ONE, 2013; 8 (5): e63031 DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0063031

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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