Hey guys – Pump It Up For A Longer Life!

Posted 04/05/2013 | By HealthCorps

Want to inspire a teen to work out with weights?  Show him some celebrities or music moguls with a six-pack or someone with impressive biceps like LL Cool, and he may be motivated to weight train.

If he’s willing to hear about some science that supports the benefit of weight training, then you can also share the results of a study recently published in the British Medical Journal (2012; 345:e7279), that suggests that male teens with little muscle mass or strength may have a greater risk of earlier death in adulthood.

Less muscle mass was associated with higher blood pressure, higher levels of body fat and also a higher rate of suicide, and all three factors are independent risks for premature death.  Of course, having muscle mass and feeling strong are also helpful to a teen’s self esteem.  And the discipline of working out can help an adolescent commit to other healthy habits like healthier eating patterns, since eating nutritious foods will help to fuel muscle development.

The commitment to regular workouts can also help a teen to improve focus and concentration on schoolwork.  A regular exercise habit is also associated with better sleep patterns.

Are you ready to work out now??

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