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August 7, 2018

US News and World Report has a good article explaining the reasoning that strength training can increases lifespan. It references a 15 year cohort study from the Penn State College of Medicine published two years back (cite), but not a study last year from the University of Sydney using Scottish data, showing similar results (cite). That study found a 23% reduction in all-cause mortality and a 31% reduction in cancer mortality. Emmanuel Stamatakis, lead author, emphasizes that strength training is not restricted to the use of weights and machines:

Many people are intimidated by gyms, the costs or the culture they promote, so it’s great to know that anyone can do classic exercises like triceps dips, sit-ups, push-ups or lunges in their own home or local park and potentially reap the same health benefits.

Both of those studies suffer the problem that they were observational, this being a rather difficult thing to examine otherwise. The certain benefit of strength training, of course, is that one gets and stays stronger, which makes other activities easier and more pleasant.

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