Living Longer Through Weight Training
There are major benefits to both strength training and cardio, but a new study has found that that strength training might increase life expectancy.
According to research by the University of Michigan, having stronger muscles is linked to living longer.
The study, published in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, found that people with low muscle strength are 50 percent more likely to die earlier than their stronger peers.
Once you reach your 50s and beyond, strength (or resistance) training is critical to preserving the ability to perform the most ordinary activities of daily living — and to maintaining an active and independent lifestyle.
The average 30-year-old will lose about a quarter of his or her muscle strength by age 70 and half of it by age 90. “Just doing aerobic exercise is not adequate,” says Dr. Robert Schreiber, physician-in-chief at Hebrew SeniorLife and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Unless you are doing strength training, you will become weaker and less functional.”
Elite Strength and Fitness provides an incredibly effective 20-minute workout that will maintain and build muscle as you age. It only takes 20 minutes, and the program is guided every step of the way by a personal trainer that works with you.