Old people who lift weights 'live for longer'

Mail Online | 4/12/2019 | Stephen Matthews Health Editor For Mailonline
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Older people who lift weights in the gym will live for longer, if new scientific research is to be believed.

But they will only have lower odds of being sent to an early grave if they lift weights quickly and in moderation – and they must avoid heavy ones.

Scientists - Muscle - Power - People - Course

Brazilian scientists tracked the muscle power of 4,000 people aged between 40 and 85 over the course of six years to make the conclusion.

Each participant was assessed for how many times they could lift weights that were gradually getting heavier in the 'upright row' position in a certain time frame.

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The upright row position involves the participant holding a weight at hip-height and lifting it up to their shoulders with elbows pointing out.

The experts at the Exercise Medicine Clinic in Rio de Janeiro said it is a common movement used in daily life, such as for picking up shopping bags.

Researchers - Years - Men - Cent - Women

Researchers found that at a follow-up after six-and-a-half years, 247 men - or 10 per cent - and 75 women - or six per cent - had died.

Their results, presented at a cardiology conference, showed those with the ability to lift weights at speed lived longer.

Gym-users - Weights - Power - -were - Times

But gym-users who lifted the heaviest weights – defined as having the most muscle power -were up to 13 times more at risk of dying.

Study author Professor Claudio Gil Araújo said: 'Doctors...
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