Saturday, August 2, 2008

Muscular Strength and Mortality

We have been told for years the importance of cardiovascular fitness for health and longevity, however, evidence continues to mount for the importance of muscular strength for health and longevity. In fact, I came across this study (in addition to others I have seen) on how muscular strength is even more important than cardiovascular health. Add this to the fact that strength training can be a more efficient way to burn fat, improves bone density, increases your metabolism, reduces your risk of falls and injuries, keeps you independent and youthful, and you wonder why people choose to focus on long-duration, low-intensity cardio as their primary training?

"Muscular strength is inversely and independently associated with death from all causes and cancer in men, even after adjusting for cardiorespiratory fitness and other potential confounders. "

(Translation: Get stronger to live longer).

Association Between Muscular Strength and Mortality in Men: A Prospective Cohort Study. Jonatan R Ruiz, Xuemei Sui, Felipe Lobelo, James R Morrow, Jr, Allen W Jackson, Michael Sjöström and Steven N Blair, BMJ 2008; 337;a439


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