It seems there are more benefits to weight training than meet the eye. In addition to toning and strengthening your muscles, working out with weights may actually have disease-fighting benefits. Studies suggest that strength training may reduce the risks of some serious, even deadly, diseases:

  • Heart disease (by controlling body weight, a major risk factor)
  • Osteoporosis (by increasing bone density)
  • Adult-onset diabetes (by improving glucose metabolism)
  • Colon cancer (by speeding up gastrointestinal processes)

To reap these disease-preventing benefits, you need only moderate strength/weight training: just 25 minutes, three days a week.