Friday, July 30, 2010

More Reasons Women Should Lift Weights

So, I was doing some reading, and came across Charles Poliquin's blog titled "Why Women Should Not Be Afraid of Gaining Muscle" and thought it would be a great follow up to my previous post with some additional information. 

The biggest take home points for me were these two things:

  • According to Tufts University, the greater your muscle mass the greater the longevity potential. It is, in fact, the number one biomarker of longevity. It is a far better predictor of longevity than total cholesterol or blood pressure.

  • The more muscle you have, the more strength you have. This, according to the same researchers at Tufts University, is the number two predictor of longevity. For women, strength is empowering.
Have a great weekend!


  1. Jason--the Poloquin article refers to a study at Tufts University about muscle mass and life expectancy. I emailed him, and his assistant answered with the suggestion that I look it up myself on pubmed. The problem is that they don't even mention the author or any other bit of information to pin it down. Stuff isn't cataloged by the university that employs the authors. Do you happy to know that article?

    Andy "Jungledoc" Bennett

  2. Sorry Andy. I don't. I did a quick google search and found this

    It's not the research your looking for, but maybe it'll point you in the right direction. I'll look into it further later today.