There are numerous studies touting the benefits of exercise and a recent study adds to the body of research finding that strength training can help you live longer. The 15-year study included more than 30,000 people, all age 65 and older. Nearly 10% reported strength training at least twice a week. These participants lowered their risk of dying from any cause by almost half. In addition, they were 41% less likely to die from heart disease and 19% less likely to die from cancer compared to those who didn’t do any strength training.
Strength training is a type of physical exercise specializing in the use of resistance to build strength, endurance, and muscles for the legs, back, chest, arms, and more. Previous studies show that strength training may improve balance, lower back pain, and chronic conditions such as diabetes and osteoporosis.
The best news is strength training can be done in the comfort and convenience of home. If you need some human assistance to exercise safely, our aides are trained in safe assistance with mobility. Please consult your healthcare professional for an exercise plan customized to fit your needs.
Source: Kraschnewski J, Sciamanna C, Poger J, et al. Is strength training associated with mortality benefits? A 15 year cohort study of US older adults. Preventive Medicine, June 2016; 87: 121-127.