Aerobic exercise; walking, running, swimming, cycling, etc., is what most people think they need to do more of to increase their health and age well. Aerobic exercise does have many benefits in keeping one healthy and one's mind sharp, but strength exercises should not be ignored.
A recent study out of Sydney found that participating in any type of strength training was associated with a 23 percent reduction in mortality and a 31 percent decrease in cancer mortality. The even better news was that the strength exercises did not have to include weight training, these types of results were observed with participants who only practiced body weight exercises such as push-ups, squats and lunges.
With these types of observed benefits it can be hard to believe that there is not more of a push for adults to be incorporating more strength exercise into their routines.
This was one of the goals of this particular study, to bring more awareness to the public about the health benefits of keeping your body strong especially into your later years.
It is never too late.
Just be sure when you go to start a strength program that you see a professional, whether that is a trainer, coach, or therapist, who can make sure you are moving with proper form to assure you do not hurt yourself.
If you live in our area, come check out our program and get all the strength and aerobic exercise you need in one place!
For more on the research study please see the reference below.
University of Sydney. (2017, November 1). Strength exercise as vital as aerobic new research finds. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 8, 2017 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171101102846.htm