Teen Muscle Strength Reduces Death
A study of over 1 million teenage men examined how muscle strength impacted their risk of death. Follow-up after 24 years discovered that “high muscular strength in adolescence, as assessed by knee extension and handgrip tests, was associated with a 20-35% lower risk of premature mortality due to any cause…” In addition, “stronger adolescents had a 20-30% lower risk of death from suicide and were 15-65% less likely to have any psychiatric diagnosis (such as schizophrenia and mood disorders).”
Encouraging teens to develop strong bodies has both immediate and long-term benefits for their physical and mental health. Fitness goes hand-in-hand with nutrition, sleep and education.