Women Who Do Strength Training Live Longer

Sport woman doing fitness exercise with dumbbells at gym
Sport woman doing fitness exercise with dumbbells at gym
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A 2024 study from Cedars-Sinai and other global researchers (using data from 400,000 people) evaluated the differences in the effects of exercise between men and women. It found that women who do strength training two to three days a week are more likely to live longer and have a 30% lower risk of death from heart disease, compared to women who do none.

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The study, "Sex Differences in Association of Physical Activity With All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality," was published by Ji Hongwei, et. al.

They found that both aerobic and weight training are beneficial to women, even in small doses. The data showed that women need less exercise than men to get the same longevity gains. Women who did moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, five times a week, reduced their risk of premature death by 24%, compared to 18% for men. Sex-specific findings were similar for cardiovascular death and consistent across all measures of aerobic activity as well as muscle-strengthening activity.

The study concluded that "women compared with men derived greater gains in all-cause and cardiovascular mortality risk reduction from equivalent doses of leisure-time physical activity. These findings could enhance efforts to close the 'gender gap' by motivating especially women to engage in any regular leisure-time physical activity."

Read the entire study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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