Last year I was fortunate to attend the Resistance Exercise Conference (REC) in Minneapolis and to hear the keynote presenter, British researcher and sports science lecturer James Fisher. His message: "Resistance training reduces the risk of all-cause mortality." Or to put it another way, resistance training reduces our risk of dying from all causes.
 
Other prominent researchers also suggest that relative muscle mass is an independent prognostic marker for survival in older adults. What’s more, the more muscle mass we have, the longer we live according to new research published in the American Journal of Medicine.
 
When speaking to their exercise goals, so often we hear people say, "I'm really not interested in increasing my muscle mass." While it’s long been acknowledged that being aerobically fit adds years to your life, this latest research would indicate that maintaining your strength and muscle mass makes that life worth living.