Weightlifting Even in Old Age Expected to Reduce Risk of Early Death: Study
Washington, 2 Oct (ONA) --- It is known that aerobic exercise, such as running and cycling, can help people live longer, but less has been known about the effect of lifting weights on longevity.
Now, results from a new study suggest that adding weightlifting to a person’s exercise regime, even in later life, is a sensible thing to do if you want to avoid an early death.
The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, aimed to find out if lifting weights was linked to a lower risk of death from any cause, either on its own or alongside moderate to vigorous exercise.
The researchers, led by a team from the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland, analysed data on just under 100,000 people from ten cancer centres in the US. The participants had an average age of 71 and an average body-mass index of 27.8 (overweight). They followed the group for about a decade, monitoring deaths from any cause, including heart disease.
Around a quarter of people (23%) reported lifting weights, with 16% doing so regularly – between one and six times a week. And around a third (32%) either met or did more than the recommended amount of aerobic exercise.
For adults who reported no aerobic activity, any weightlifting was associated with a 9%-22% lower risk of early death, depending on how often they lifted weights. For those who did not lift weights, but did any level of aerobic exercise, this was 24%-34%.
The findings from this study, and others, show that lifting weights, either on their own or with aerobic exercise, can help reduce the risk of early death. Lifting weights should be a lifelong commitment. It is never too late to start, and the results could be a healthier.