Boost Your Car­dio, Ex­tend Your Life

Men's Journal - - THE BLUEPRINT -

Re­cent con­ven­tional wis­dom says strength train­ing holds the key to longevity. Now a new study from the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion sug­gests aer­o­bic fit­ness is the se­cret to a long life. The study an­a­lyzed data from 122,000 par­tic­i­pants over eight years. Us­ing tread­mill tests, re­searchers found that the peo­ple who had the great­est aer­o­bic fit­ness also lived the long­est. Those over age 70 with the high­est de­gree of aer­o­bic fit­ness had a nearly 30 per­cent de­crease in mor­tal­ity risk com­pared to the next-fittest group. But that doesn’t mean you should ditch weightlift­ing. “Strength train­ing is im­por­tant for mo­bil­ity and re­duc­ing in­jury with age,” says study au­thor and car­di­ol­o­gist Kyle Mand­sager. “It’s not a ques­tion of one or the other.”

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