Most us know that strength training is an essential part of a well-rounded exercise routine but now there’s evidence that body-weight exercises could add years to your life. In short: no more expensive gym memberships!
A new study of over 80,000 adults led by the University of Sydney comparing the mortality outcomes of different types of exercise had 23 percent reduction in risk of premature death by any means and a 31 percent reduction in cancer-related death.
“The study shows exercise that promotes muscular strength may be just as important for health as aerobic activities like jogging or cycling,” said Associate Professor Stamatakis.
No Gym Necessary
The analysis also showed exercises performed using one’s own body weight without specific equipment were just as effective as gym-based training. “When people think of strength training they instantly think of doing weights in a gym, but that doesn’t have to be the case.
So start incorporating triceps dips, sit-ups and push-ups into your at-home exercise routine, and reap the health benefits.