Stay Strong to Increase Longevity

Keep the dumbbells nearby.

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Oct 12, 2018

Here’s more motivation to stay on top of your functional strength training program. Researchers from China and Indiana University analyzed data from 4,449 older adults in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that older people with low muscle strength had more than twice the risk of dying during the study than those with normal muscle strength. Researchers compared associations between low muscle mass and low muscle strength with overall risk of death and found that all-cause mortality was significantly higher among individuals with low muscle strength, regardless of whether they had low muscle mass.

Study authors concluded that low muscle strength was independently associated with a higher risk of death, regardless of muscle mass, metabolic syndrome, sedentary time or leisure-time physical activity. The study appeared in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2018; doi:10.1249/MSS.0000000000001448).


Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at

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