Older people who practice strength training twice a week can improve their stamina and live for a longer period of time, thus bringing down the cases of cardiac arrest and cancer, claims a new study.
The study proved that older people who were put on strength building exercise regime at least twice a week had 46 percent lower chances of dying early. They also had 41 percent lower odds related to cardiac arrest and 19 percent lower odds of cancer-related death.
However, even though the health benefits of aerobic exercise and other physical activities are well known, not much data has been collected on strength training.
Jennifer L. Kraschnewski from Penn State College of Medicine in the US said that this doesn’t imply that strength training was never a part of what people had been doing for a long time in the form of exercise, but it wasn’t until this time that it was put together in this as a piece of advice. Over the last decade, scientists have demonstrated advantages of strength training for deriving strength, physical function and muscle mass, including improvements in chronic ailments such as osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity as well as low back pain.
Scientists assessed the data of over 30,000 adults of age 65 and older from the 1997-2001 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), which was related to the data of death certificates through 2011. Scientists published their findings in Preventive Medicine. At the time of the survey, over 9 percent of senior people reportedly followed strength training at least twice a week. They were also more inclined to control their body weight, to engage in aerobic exercise and to refrain from tobacco and alcohol.
After the study was completed, people who reported strength training appeared to experience an improved mortality benefit than those who alone reported of physical activities.
The study results form a strong piece of evidence to support the fact that strength training in older people proves advantageous beyond just bettering the physical functions and muscle strength, the scientists further said.
According to Kraschnewski, we need to discover other ways so that we can ask for the engagement of more and more people in strength building exercises and improve the number from just 10 percent to a much higher percentage of our older people who are involved in such activities.