By Korin Miller
Over the past few years, public health organizations have stressed the importance of adding strength training to your regular fitness routine. And now, a new study shows that there’s more to it than just getting toned: It may help you live longer.
“Muscle strengthening is associated with preservation of skeletal muscle mass, which then plays an important role in glucose metabolism,” says Anton Bilchik, M.D., Ph.D., chief of medicine and director of the gastrointestinal research program at Saint John’s Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. (Glucose metabolism, in case you’re not familiar with it, is the process of your body turning glucose, aka sugar, into energy for your body.) “Abnormal glucose metabolism has been associated with an increase in cardiovascular disease and cancer,” Dr. Bilchik points out.