Iowa Specialty Hospital

Making the Rounds

April 12, 2018


The secret to a longer life may be the barbell.  According to a new study by the Penn State College of Medicine, strength training as you age reduces your risk for death.  Researchers surveyed people age 65 or older about their exercise habits and then tracked them for 15 years. Nearly a third of the study participants died during that period.  Less than 10% of the subjects strength trained, but those select few were 46% less likely to die during the study than everyone else. 

After a full year of doing nothing, but struggling to face each day, I have been hitting the weights hard for the past 18 months. Not because I really wanted to live longer. I’ve just been healing myself from the outside in. I figure that the weight of my grief (my son Jack’s death) isn’t ever going to be lighter-so I needed to get stronger.  That is exactly what I have done. I can lift more than most men half my age and I’ve seen changes I never thought were possible. So, I guess the article comes out at a great time.  Everything else being equal, I should live longer too. I encourage you to get after it, no matter your age or fitness level.

You have a chance to live a longer and higher quality life. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen and you will be sore. I feel like I’m just getting started and I’ve embraced the soreness. It makes me feel alive! 
Find your reason. Get stronger.

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”

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