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Survival of the Strongest: A Brief Review Examining the Association Between Muscular Fitness and Mortality

Willardson Jeffrey M. MS; Tudor-Locke, Catrine PhD, FACSM
Strength & Conditioning Journal: June 2005
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The majority of studies that have examined the association between physical activity and mortality have referred to physical activity in the context of aerobic exercise. Recent evidence indicates that stronger persons live longer independent of aerobic fitness level, and that the greatest health-protective benefits are evident when progressing from low to moderate strength levels.

Jeffrey M. Willardson is currently completing doctoral studies in exercise and wellness with a concentration in resistance exercise prescription at Arizona State University.

Catrine Tudor-Locke is an Assistant Professor of Health Promotion in the Department of Exercise and Wellness at Arizona State University East.

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