5 Exercises That Could Save Your Life!
How Strength Training Can Save Your Life
If your dumbbells are getting dusty under the bed, it's definitely time to drag them out. UCLA researchers looked at data from almost 4,000 Americans 55 and over and found that those with the most muscle mass had a 20% lower risk of early death than those with the least.
"We've discovered that your body composition—the percentage of lean muscle mass versus body fat—seems to be a better predictor of longevity than the go-to BMI screening," says lead researcher Preethi Srikanthan.
To start back in on the anti-aging effort, do this circuit fromPreventionadvisory board member Wayne Westcott.
HOW TO DO IT:Using a pair of 5- to 10-pound hand weights, do 3 sets of 10 to 12 reps of each move 3 times a week.
Stand with feet hip-width apart, 1 weight in each hand, arms at sides. Bend knees to lower into a squat (shown). Return to start.
Lie on back, feet flat. Hold weights above chest with arms straight. Lower until elbows touch floor (shown), then press up.
With weight in right hand, lean on chair (shown). Bend elbow and pull dumbbell toward chest. Finish reps, then switch sides.
Video: Why Lifting Weights Could Extend Your Life
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