It’s an age-old debate: is cardio or strength training better for you?
New research by the University of Sydney may have finally come up with an answer — at least as far as promoting long life is concerned.
The researchers studied 80,000 adults over the age of 30, and found that strength training was significantly more likely than cardio to prevent premature death, especially cancer-related death.
Those studied who did strength training just twice a week were almost one third (31 percent) less likely to die from cancer. Their overall likelihood of dying prematurely from any cause also dropped by 23 percent.
While those who combined both aerobic and strength training had the best outcomes overall, aerobic exercises alone did not reduce a person’s risk of dying from cancer.
Factors such as the person’s age, health status and lifestyle factors like diet were taken into account when analysing the data.
And there’s more good news: you don’t need to become a gym bunny to reap the benefits.
“Many people are intimidated by gyms, the costs or the culture they promote, so it’s great to know that anyone can do classic exercises like triceps dips, sit-ups, push-ups or lunges in their own home or local park and potentially reap the same health benefit.
And of course, there’s loads of other benefits of exercise too — from keeping you feeling young to warding off depression.