Do you know the difference between muscle strength and muscle power? Swinging a kettlebell once takes strength, but raising it several times in quick succession requires muscle power. It’s worth knowing the difference because muscle power is key to a longer life, shows a new study from CLINIMEX Exercise and Medicine Clinic, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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The researchers monitored 3,878 non-athletes, aged 41 to 85, and assessed their maximal muscle power by recording the highest value achieved in upright row exercises using increasingly heavy weights.
The scientists then calculated the participants’ power exertion per kilogram of body weight. Over the six year study, taking gender into account, participants with the highest muscle power were 10-13 times less likely to die prematurely than those with the lowest muscle power. Off to the gym it is then…
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