How Strength Training Can Save Your Life
If your dumbbells are getting dusty under the bed, it's definitely time to drag them out. UCLA researchers looked at data from almost 4,000 Americans 55 and over and found that those with the most muscle mass had a 20% lower risk of early death than those with the least.
"We've discovered that your body composition—the percentage of lean muscle mass versus body fat—seems to be a better predictor of longevity than the go-to BMI screening.
HOW TO DO IT:
Using a pair of 5- to 10-pound hand weights, do 3 sets of 10 to 12 reps of each move 3 times a week.