I am sure you have heard of the saying: “only the strong survive”. But you probably haven’t realized how literal that would be. Today we present to you a study conducted by a team of Swedish and American health scientists.
The conclusion is literally, the more you can BENCH and the more weight you can LEG PRESS – The LONGER you’ll LIVE!!
Besides that they have discovered that it weight training and strength training offers protection especially against cancer! If you look through their figures closely you would see that men with high physical strength are 33% LESS likely to die of cancer than those with little physical strength – Truly “Only the strong LIVES!” But little do we know that the same fact applies outside of the battlefield.
That is great. I mean we already had some researches before proving why lifters live longer, but now we bear witness to almost 2 DECADES of research data from more than 8000 subjects!
That’s a pretty strong data and evidence if you ask me. So if you still believe that being a “domesticated” weakling is better and will make you live longer in this equally domesticated society; well, you would prove yourself wrong by dying before I do! As what the studies say, that strength training protects the elderly better; thus you would probably see me 30 years from now, an OLD FART with HUGE MUSCLES with young blondes, Latinas, and redheads! Perhaps I’d share some with you if you’d ask nicely.
Just take a look at this old guy right here:
Here’s what the study has to say:
Muscular strength in major muscle groups is independently associated with death from all causes and cancer in men aged 20-82
These findings are valid for those who are of normal weight or overweight, younger or older, and even after adjusting for several potential confounders, including cardiorespiratory fitness.
Muscular strength seems to add to the protective effect of cardiorespiratory fitness against the risk of death in men
Association between muscular strength and mortality in men: prospective cohort study
Jonatan R Ruiz, research associate,Xuemei Sui, research associate, Felipe Lobelo, research associate, James R Morrow, Jr, professor, Allen W Jackson, professor, Michael Sjöström, associate professor, and Steven N Blair, professor
Objective To examine prospectively the association between muscular strength and mortality from all causes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer in men.
Design: Prospective cohort study.
Setting : Aerobics Centre longitudinal study.
Participants: 8762 men aged 20-80.Follow @AboutLifting
Main outcome measures: All-cause mortality up to 31 December 2003; muscular strength, quantified by combining one repetition maximal measures for leg and bench presses and further categorized as age specific thirds of the combined strength variable; and cardiorespiratory fitness assessed by a maximal exercise test on a treadmill.
Results During an average follow-up of 18.9 years, 503 deaths occurred (145 cardiovascular disease, 199 cancer). Age adjusted death rates per 10 000 person years across incremental thirds of muscular strength were 38.9, 25.9, and 26.6 for all causes; 12.1, 7.6, and 6.6 for cardiovascular disease; and 6.1, 4.9, and 4.2 for cancer (all P
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.
Well I guess we’ll be seeing each other WHEN WE GET OLD, till then, eat your eggs, people!!