Lifting Weights As You Age Cuts Your Risk Of Early Death By 46%

The secret to a longer life may be a barbell: strength training as you age reduces your risk of death, according to a new study from Penn State College of Medicine.Researchers surveyed people age 65 or older about their exercise habits and then tracked them for 15 years. Nearly a third of the study’s participants died during that period.Less than 10 percent of the subjects strength trained, but those select few were 46% less likely to die during the study than everyone else.Sure, you could say that older folks who lift must be in better health to begin with. But even after adjusting for BMI, chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension, and habits like total physical activity, drinking, and smoking, lifting was linked to a 19% reduced risk of death.

More here: Lifting Weights As You Age Cuts Your Risk Of Early Death By 46% – Men’s Health

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