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Why I lift weights. Biomarkers is one of the most important books I have ever read. The authors present 10 of the most reliable biological markers of aging and show that all ten of these markers are directly regulated by muscle mass. Weight training or strength/resistance training is the key. The authors claim that people do not need to become frail and weak as they age. They have shown that people of any age can engage in strength training programs and significantly REVERSE the biological markers of aging.Read more
Ruth Myers was 91 years old when this photo was taken she was still doing strength training. Gerontologists are physicians who study aging people and the aging process. Several years ago Italian gerontologist Dr. Ravaglia and his colleagues designed a unique study to determine the most important factor for healthy aging. A group of 75 HEALTHY elderly people ranging from 90 to 106 years old were selected for this study.
The researchers evaluated an enormous amount of data including anthropometric data (height, weight, skin-fold thickness, body circumference at the waist, hip & chest), a wide range of blood values, as well as aspects related to diet, nutrition and lifestyle.Read more
In a previous blog post I recommended doing squats just before meals as a great exercise for weight loss. In this post, I am going to review studies which report that your leg strength is one of the most reliable predictors of your longevity and the quality of your life as you age. And, doing squats regularly is the BEST exercise to build your leg strength.
Squats: Building Leg Strength Reduces Risk of Dying: In one study, 81 elderly patients were followed for a…