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Strengthening exercises such as press ups and sit ups prevent cancer in a way that jogging doesn't, a new study has revealed.
Researchers, who studied more than 80,000 people in the UK, said that strengthening workouts reduced the risk of death by cancer while aerobic exercise didn't.
Study - People - Exercises - Risk - Death
The study revealed that people who did strength-based exercises reduced their risk of death by nearly a quarter overall and death by cancer by 31 percent, but aerobic exercise had almost no impact on cancer death rates.
Lead author Associate Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis from the University of Sydney said: 'The study shows exercise that promotes muscular strength may be just as important for health as aerobic activities like jogging or cycling.
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'And assuming our findings reflect cause and effect relationships, it may be even more vital when it comes to reducing risk of death from cancer.'
The research, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology is based on a population sample drawn from the Health Survey for England and Scottish Health Survey and the NHS Central Mortality Register.
Study - Mortality - Outcomes - Types - Exercise
It is the largest study to compare the mortality outcomes of different types of exercise.
Strengthening exercise was known to improve function with age, but its affects on mortality had not yet been examined.
World - Health - Organisation - Days - Muscle
The World Health Organisation recommends two days of muscle exercises each week as well as 150 minutes of aerobic work out.
The study concluded that following the...
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