It’s pretty common knowledge that aerobic exercise improves your cardiovascular health. But a study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine’s 55th Annual Meeting by senior investigator Jonatan R. Ruiz, PhD shows that men with increased muscular strength are likely to live longer. Dr. Ruiz works at the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition at Novum, Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.
Dr. Ruiz says, “These findings prove the benefits of having greater muscular strength and thus require further research to confirm the combined effects of strength and CRF”(cardio respiratory fitness).”
The study included 8,762 men who were tested for muscular strength and cardio respiratory fitness. The men were studied between 1980 and 1989 and their mortality rate was determined at the end of 2003.
So What Happened?
The subjects with decreased muscular strength had a 60% higher risk of cardiovascular disease.
Sixty percent! That’s astounding. In fact, it’s a little scary. These men cut their risk of the #1 killer disease by 60% over the years measured. I feel like that should be the lead item on CNN and on the cover of Time magazine.
Dr. Ruiz says, “This study examines the association between muscular strength and mortality. Other studies used a single measure of muscular strength, but ours used two tests. Muscular strength and CRF combine to provide protective effects against all-cause mortality in men.”
It’s nice to see a study that measures both cardio and muscle strength. Most studies measure one or the other. No doubt further studies are needed and will be undertaken.
Gradually, the world is waking up to the fantastic health benefits of strength training. My goal is to introduce the whole world to the fastest, most efficient way to develop increased muscle strength. That will lead to more people doing strength training and more people living longer.