In a word—YES!
A recent Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center study suggests that older adults who strength trained at least twice a week had 46 percent lower odds of death for any reason than those who did not. When the researchers adjusted for demographic variables, health behaviors and health conditions, a statistically significant effect on mortality remained.
The study is strong evidence that strength training in older adults is beneficial beyond improving muscle strength and physical function, the researchers said.
“We need to identify more ways that we can help get people engaged in strength training so we can increase the number from just under 10 percent to a much higher percentage of our older adults who are engaged in these activities,” said Dr. Jennifer L. Kraschnewski, assistant professor of medicine and public health sciences, Penn State College of Medicine.
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