Strength Training May Lower Early Death Risk

12/11/2017 5:22:43 PM
written By : Staff Reporter Print

Muscle-building exercises may be just as important for good  health as aerobic exercises such as running, swimming and cycling. In fact, weight lifting, push-ups, and squats may help lower the risk of death from cancer and other causes.

This was found in a new study by the University of Sydney in Australia. The researchers  analysed data sourced from a core population sample of 80,306 adults aged 30 years and over. The information came from the Health Survey for England, as well as the Scottish Health Survey, and it was supplemented with data from the NHS Central Mortality Register.

It was found that individuals who engaged in strength exercises had a 23 per cent lower risk of death by all causes, and a 31 per cent lower risk of cancer-related death.

One need not go to the gym for strength training, say the researchers. Basic strength exercises — such as squats, push-ups, or sit-ups — performed at home should do the trick.

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