Strength based exercises reduce the risk of early death
A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology of more than 80,000 people found that individuals who participate in regular strength based exercises have a 23% reduction in premature death by any means and a 31% reduction in cancer related death.
The study, the largest of its kind to date on strength based exercise was led by the University of Sydney involving individuals from England and Scotland.
The analysis showed that strength and resistance training performed using one’s own body weight was just as effective as gym based training with specific equipment such as weights.
The study was observational with adjustments made to reduce the influence of factors such as health status, lifestyle, sex and the age of the individuals. All individuals with cancer or cardiovascular disease at baseline were excluded from the study.
NOTE: The World Health Organization’s Physical Activity Guidelines for adults recommend at least 150 minutes of aerobic activity plus two days of strength based exercises per week.