A recent study suggests weight training reduces a man’s risk for developing cancer:
A team of experts, led by scientists from Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, tracked the lifestyles of 8,677 men aged between 20 and 82 for more than two decades.
Each volunteer had regular medical check ups that included tests of their muscular strength.
Between 1980 and 2003, researchers monitored how many developed cancer and subsequently died from it.
The results showed men who regularly worked out with weights and had the highest muscle strength were between 30 and 40 per cent less likely to lose their life to a deadly tumour.
Even among volunteers who had excess tummy fat or a high body mass index, regular weight training seemed to have a protective effect.
In a report on their findings the researchers stressed keeping a healthy weight was still crucial for avoiding premature death.
But they added: “In the light of these results, it is equally important t to maintain healthy muscular strength levels.
-Excerpt from Telegraph.co.uk (emphasis mine).
Just one more reason to lift weights!