Strength is an issue that is not talked about nearly enough.
Too many have the perception that it is reserved for gym rats, people who are “into” training, or that there are too many other more important things to focus one’s time on.
That could not be further from the truth.
First of all, if you have a body, then strength matters to you and everyone around you.
This especially goes for men who were designed for more strength than women, but every person who has a body (otherwise known as everybody) has a responsibility and a need to ensure their bodies are properly strong, capable, and functional.
We need that to fulfill not only our own tasks and duties but to be there for loved ones when they are in need.
There is simply no downside to increasing your strength and utilizing your body for what it was made to be capable of.
Additionally, body strength has also been shown in scientific studies to be correlated with lower all-cause mortality.
Not to mention it makes everything you do easier, from carrying groceries to your kids, to even simple household chores like emptying the dishwasher. Improving your body strength makes every movement easier and less taxing on you, which results in less injuries, more comfort, and the ability to take on larger tasks when called upon.
With that all said, a study was published recently in the June 2022 issue of the journal Nutrition titled “Low skeletal muscle mass defined by thoracic CT as a prognostic marker in acute pulmonary embolism”.
In it, researchers from Germany analyzed 234 patients with acute pulmonary embolism between 2013 and 2017. They assessed the patients low skeletal muscle mass (LSSM) and compared the findings between those patients who survived and those who did not within 30 days.
They found that the LSSM of those patients who survived was higher than those who did not and found it had a relevant effect on the outcome.
Does this mean there were no other factors at play? Likely not, but the results are consistent with what we already know: strength improves health outcomes.
Strength is not simply a cosmetic element of our existence. It is becoming clearer and clearer every day and with each new research study that strength is not only an important factor in our overall health, it may be one of the most important factors in our overall health.
So if you haven’t already, consult a professional about the best strength program for you. Make sure you enjoy it so you stick with it and remember to have fun with it! Our bodies were made to work, but they were also made to play. And if you can make your work feel like play, you’ll have the best “work” ethic most have ever seen.
Just because you’re not a kid anymore doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still play and have fun.
Thanks for being here and enjoy your pursuit of great!
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