New evidence suggest that just like heart-pumping aerobic exercise, strength training also may help older adults live longer. But doing both types of exercise is even more beneficial, according to a study published in the November 2022 issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
The study involved surveys from nearly 100,000 men and women ages 55 to 74. Participants reported the frequency and duration of their exercise, including moderate and vigorous physical activity and weight lifting.
After a median follow-up of nine years, researchers found that weight lifting alone was linked to a 9% to 22% lower risk of dying. Moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise appeared to lower risk by 24% to 34%. But the greatest longevity gains were among people who did both types of exercise; their risk of dying during the follow-up period was 41% to 47% lower compared with people who did no exercise.
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