Muscular Strength Workout Linked to Reduced Risk of Death
The research team of a recent meta-analysis of cohort studies aimed to establish how long adult people should be exercising to strengthen their muscles per week and improve their health. This study used data from previous research to find out more about how muscle-strengthening exercises impact health.
The results suggest that those who exercise weekly for 30–60 minutes to strengthen their muscles have up to 20% reduced risk of death and smaller chances of other health problems.
Physical activity is essential for good overall health. It is recommended that adult people exercise 150–300 minutes of moderate or 75–150 minutes of vigorous aerobic activities every week. Aerobic cardio activities such as walking, hiking, swimming, or working out on an elliptical machine are good for improving cardiovascular health. In addition, adult people should also do exercises for muscle strengthening twice a week. Some of the recommended activities include lifting weights and working out with resistance bands. However, only 20% of adult people follow this recommended workout plan.
The focus of this study was on establishing how muscle-strengthening activities could benefit health. The research team analyzed data from previous studies that involved participants who did not have significant health problems. For example, previous research examined the benefits of muscle-strengthening activities such as working out with weights but failed to include physical activities like gardening and carrying heavy things.
The researchers discovered that adults who exercise about an hour per week to strengthen their muscles have up to 20% reduced risk of death and several diseases, such as CVDs and some types of cancer.
Although the researchers used data from other studies, they agreed on the necessity for further research on this topic since the data are limited. Even though muscle-strengthening exercises together with aerobic activities reduce the risk of death, that reduction is not very significant. Also, the research team failed to provide solid evidence. They call for further research to understand better how physical exercises could positively impact overall health.
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