Is Strength Training the Key to Long-Term Health?

Does strength training deserve a bit more credit for its role in long-term health? Evidence continues to point to the benefits of muscle-building exercise, and a new meta-analysis has concluded that people who do strength-training are less likely to die prematurely than those who don’t — even when they don’t do any aerobic workouts.

Past research has similarly pointed to the long-term health benefits of strength training, but the new analysis, published February 28 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, considered more recent data, up to June 2021.

The data suggests that 30 minutes to a full hour of weekly strength training was the amount linked with the most benefit in terms of longevity before the advantage plateaued (and with longer amounts of weekly strength training, it did actually start to decrease).

Excerpted from Everyday Health

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