People who strength train, have a reduced risk for metabolic syndrome – a cluster of risk factors that increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, according to a new study. The study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (vol. 26, p. 3113) found that people who regularly strength trained had a 37% lower risk of metabolic syndrome compared to people who did not, strength train. The researchers in this study encourage all adults to begin strength training. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion also recommends’ strength training for adults as an easy way of reducing risk for chronic illness. Given that heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in America, strength training should be considered the first step in the prevention of metabolic syndrome. In less than 60 minutes a week (the time it takes to complete two full-body strength workouts) you can significantly lower your risk for this life threatening condition! When is your next workout?