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Los Angeles. Health, fitness awareness in the last one decade has become a global phenomenon and emerged as an important topic of discussion and debate.
There are many strength exercises such as Push ups, sit ups, etc., and we do not talk about them as part of our efforts to keep our body fit. More often than not we emphasis due importance to aerobic exercises such as jogging, running, cycling, etc. A new research study done at the University of Sydney (Australia) in November, 2017, has come up with a view, pointing out such strength exercises done along with aerobic exercises could improve our physical well being and promote longevity. This conclusion was based on the study of 80000 plus adults by the above-mentioned institution.
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The study concludes that that we need to rethink and take a new direction, taking into account all kinds of exercise activities to promote long-term health benefits. This study makes yet another clarification, saying that strength exercises performed using ones own body weight without specific equipment are equally effective as gym-based training. It will be foolish to think of strength training by comparing with weight lifting, etc. The advantage of strength exercises at home is it is cost effective and does not cost a dime/ paisa and you can do it at any time in the comforts of your home, whereas at regulated gyms the costs are prohibitive, in addition you have to find a gym that does not rip you off.
Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology today, the result is based on a pooled population sample of over 80,306 adults, further corroborated with data gathered from the Health Survey for England and Scottish Health Survey, linked with the NHS Central Mortality Register. Other factors such as age, sex, health status, lifestyle behaviors and education level are not taken into account. Besides, this study does not include those people with a heart condition or any other disease such as cancer because this may of skew results due to per-existing health conditions.
So it is well and good if people will engage both in strength - related exercises as well as aerobic exercises for good health benefits and longevity; reduction in cancer risk is an off-shoot of this combination of exercises. It is to be borne in mind that adherence to WHO's strength-promoting exercise and aerobic guidelines to reduce mortality risk due to cardiac condition (a 23 percent reduction in all-cause mortality) and cancer (a 31 percent reduction in cancer mortality) is to be given due priority. However, there is no evidence of an association between strength-promoting exercise and cardiovascular disease mortality
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Emmanuel Stamatakis, I-Min Lee, Jason Bennie, Jonathan Freeston, Mark Hamer, Gary O'Donovan, Ding Ding, Adrian Bauman, Yorgi Mavros. Does strength promoting exercise confer unique health benefits? A pooled analysis of eleven population cohorts with all-cause, cancer, and cardiovascular mortality endpoints. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2017; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwx345
University of Sydney. "Strength exercise as vital as aerobic new research finds." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 1 November 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171101102846.htm>.