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19 Responses

  1. Ablati says:

    I am sure any physical activity is good for our body. It is nice to know that strength exercises benefit our heart as cardio training. Do you think is it OK to start strength exercises at home working with own weight only? Does dumbbells are really necessary at the very beginning?

    • Lars says:

      Thank you for your comment, Ablati.

      It will certainly be beneficial to do bodyweight exercises. There’s plenty of exercises available too so there’s nor reason not to get started. 


  2. Badhan Biswas says:


    Thanks for sharing this important article. After reading your article I came to know how much important it is for a common man to know that a little bit of exercise and weight lifting can impact on the risk of heart attack or stroke. That’s really impressive. 

    I have already promised myself that I’ll manage at last half an hour for a workout and to complete my responsibility to myself, my body and health. I have also checked two other articles of yours, The 3 types of dumbbells and The 30 minutes workout routine and find this really helpful for me. 

    Thanks again for sharing the article.

  3. Gomer says:

    I’d like to take this opportunity to ask you for a solution to the problem I currently have. I have a dumbbell here in my room and I use it frequently for the purpose of losing weight. But no matter how I try, it seems the belly fat that I have refuse to go away. Is the use of dumbbell appropriate for getting away with belly fat? Or, is it just for the cardio only and for the muscles in my arms?

    • Lars says:

      Hi Gomer. 

      Thank you for your comment. May I suggest that you squeeze the dumbbell under your fridge door so it doesn’t open so easy 🙂 

      Losing weight is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise and since it is impossible to out-exercise a bad diet, that is where you must start.

      All the best.  

  4. Mary Ann says:

    Hello Lars,

    I had always heard using dumbbells was a good form of resistance training but I did not realize that you did not need to spend hours and hours to achieve this. I am out of my country for now but have taken up exercising, bike riding and walking and notice a major difference in my body. I also work out at a park that has equipment set up (outside). While I don’t have access to the weights, I have been using my muscles on the equipment available. As soon as I get back home, I will buy a couple of sets of weights to add to my routine. Thanks for sharing this information.

    • Lars says:

      Thank you for your comment, Mary Ann.

      Good to hear that you are active. When travelling, resistance bands can be a very good substitute for dumbbells as they only take up little space in your luggage. 

  5. Divine13 says:

    Thanks for this insight..all this while I do think that you spend more time on weight lifting will yield more health benefit, without knowing that am really putting my heart to danger…but now have realized that it does not go that way, thank you for bringing me to light I hope to see more of this..

  6. GVporras says:

    Thank you for sharing this great article. 

    Personally I don’t like to go to gym, but I been trying to add a weight lifting to every day workout, I more a biking and running person, but now knowing the benefits of lifting weights that can be, to prevent heart attack or stroke, I more willing to do it. 

    I check your post about the 30 minutes workout routine and seems to be easy to do and is something, I will add to my daily workout.

    Thank you 

    • Lars says:

      Thank you for your comment. I hope I have inspired you to add some weightlifting to your daily activities.

      All the best.

  7. jessie palaypay says:

    I didn’t know that just 5 minutes of training with weights is sufficient enough to lower heart attack risks. It sounds really contrarian to what is standardly preached which is at least 1 and a half hours. 

    In relation to the other affects weight lifting has on things like diabetes and high cholesterol, doesn’t what you eat also play a factor in those things? I am sure weightlifting itself won’t offset all bad dietary habits.

    • Lars says:

      Thank you for your comment, Jessie.

      You’re right, weightlifting by itself won’t offset a bad eating habit, nothing will. But if all other things remain the same, the weightlifting will do its part to have a positive impact on your health otherwise.

      The 5-minutes a week conclusion from the study is with reference to reducing the risk of having a stroke, not to if it will build some serious muscles.

  8. Sylvia says:

    Your article couldn’t have come to a better time. I am considering on and off if I should or shouldn’t start some weight lifting.

    I asked some family members and close friends what their thoughts are and I, actually, got more confused than ever since their opinions were so different.

    However, I mostly trust my own good judgment and I just do believe that it would be beneficial to me.

    Reading your article did confirm this and I am more convinced than ever that I am on the right path. 

    I was, however, a bit surprised to read that only 5 minutes of weight lifting per day seems to be enough. Well, don’t get me wrong, I certainly do appreciate the shorter time.

    Thank you for giving me some clarification on the matter, appreciated.

    • Lars says:

      Thank you for your comment, Sylvia.

      I am happy to hear that you are determined to try lifting some weights. 

      I was surprised to learn that a few minutes is enough too, so if lack of time was an excuse before, that one isn’t valid anymore 🙂

  9. Tolu says:

    This is a good read and I’m excited about the discoveries. I never knew weightlifting benefits the heart until now. Heart diseases remain the number one killer in the entire world. I have done some research on heart disease before and now knowing how heart disease and stroke claim millions of lives annually terrifies me. This new discovery would excite everyone. With this new discovery, more people would acquire weight lifting gadgets and in cardio exercises. No more excuse.

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