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Resistance Training Associated With Reduced Risk of Premature Death

Resistance training is exercise that causes muscles to contract against an external resistance such as weights, resistance bands, or medicine balls. A new study has found that 30 to 60 minutes of resistance training per week may help reduce the risk of premature death.

For their study, researchers from Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine used data from 16 cohort studies. The studies examined the link between resistance training and health outcomes. The number of participants in the studies ranged from 3,809 to 479,856.

The researchers found that performing 30 to 60 minutes of resistance training weekly was associated with a 15% reduced risk of premature death. It was also associated with a 17% reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and a 17% reduced risk of diabetes.

The study was published online ahead of print on February 28, 2022 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

A previous study suggests that supplementation with omega-3’s may help promote muscle mass.

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