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When it comes to longevity, should we do cardio or strength training?

Meta-Analysis:

When it comes to longevity, should we do cardio or strength training?


The recently published meta-analysis, named "Resistance Training and Mortality Risk: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis," in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, offers the latest insights into the health-protective advantages of engaging in strength training.


The 4 key takeaways from this paper include:


Take Away #1: All-Cause Mortality

Strength training, by itself, reduces the risk of all-cause mortality.

Cardio, by itself, reduces the risk of all-cause mortality.

Engaging in both strength training and cardio provides even greater protection from all-cause mortality.


Take Away #2: Cardiovascular Disease Mortality

Strength training, by itself, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease mortality.

Cardio, by itself, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease mortality.

Engaging in both strength training and cardio provides even greater protection from cardiovascular disease mortality.


Take Away #3: Cancer

Strength training, by itself, reduces the risk of cancer mortality.

Cardio, by itself, does NOT reduce the risk of cancer mortality.

Engaging in both strength training and cardio provides even greater protection from cancer mortality than strength training alone (a very interesting outcome).


Take Away #4: Frequency

Performing more than 60 minutes of strength training per week did not provide any additional health-protective benefit.


The authors conclude: “This systematic review and meta-analysis provides the strongest evidence to date that resistance training is associated with reduced risk of all-cause, cardiovascular disease, and cancer-specific mortality.

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