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Muscles do a lot more than give you physical strength. Regular strength training using the Olumia Life program isn’t about bulking up, but getting the fit, toned look of a healthy body. But it’s more than that. It’s a vital part of the complete health Olumia Life promotes. There are a growing number studies outlining the many health benefits of strength training. One recent study has even found that keeping your muscles active and healthy with strength training, even when taking other factors into account, is directly linked to an increased lifespan.

And, again, this does not mean you’re going to need to go full-Schwarzenegger at the gym; Olumia Life strength training builds healthy muscles that look great and are the optimal level of fitness for both men and women. After your 20s we naturally experience muscle loss at an average of a third of a pound each year. That can really add up over time, meaning that without strength training, you’ll deteriorate, not stay the same.

Olumia Life uses strength training to build and maintain a healthy amount for long-term health. You can’t sit around and expect to be healthy. If you don’t use your muscles, you’ll lose them.

Long life through strength training

The particular study under discussion was published in BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal). It followed almost 9,000 men aged 20 to 80 for just under 20 years. By measuring the average mortality rate over this span of time and comparing it to the muscular strength of those involved, researchers found that, after adjusting for age, body-mass index (BMI), medical history, smoking, etc., “Muscular strength is inversely and independently associated with death from all causes and cancer in men.”

That means healthy muscles help lower the risk of death from all causes. You name it: cancer, heart disease, and a litany of other diseases and health issues, strength training helps.

Simply stated: You keep your muscles healthy; you tend to live longer.

How does strength training affect my body?

No matter what your age or gender may be, strength training is vital to your health. Healthy muscles improve your Insulin Efficiency, which leads to increased weight loss, making it easier to achieve your desired weight.

In fact, just having muscles means you’re burning more calories than otherwise. Muscles are more metabolically active than fat, which means you’re better off even when you aren’t exercising. One study has even shown that gaining 3 pounds of muscle and losing 4 pounds of fat  results in burning an extra 120 calories each day. Over the course of a year, that’s about 12 extra pounds burned off. Muscles don’t just make lifting things and getting around easier; with the Olumia Life focus on our interconnected health, strength training bolsters every aspect of your life.

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