Anti-aging creams and "miracle pills" have long flourished with their sketchy promises of eternal youth, but fitness expert Tom Venuto says the most potent anti-aging secret doesn't come in a pill or from a bottle. Strength-training, he insists, is the best way to look and feel young.
Venuto, author of the best-selling book, The Body Fat Solution, says three decades of experience as a bodybuilder and fitness trainer has confirmed that lifting weights is the key to staying youthful, strong and healthy, no matter what your age.
"That’s what muscle-building will do for you – the bodybuilding lifestyle is the fountain of youth,” Venuto wrote on his blog, Burn the Fat. "I grew up with that belief."
Venuto, 45, first discovered this anti-aging secret as a teen bodybuilder.
"Joe Weider [the publisher of Muscle & Fitness, who weight-lifted all his life and died at age 93] wrote countless editorials over the years saying the same thing: 'Bodybuilding is the fountain of youth,' " said Venuto.
"Thirty-one years later, I still believe this to be true, having seen myself and countless others take 10, or even 20 years, off their biological age and keep getting stronger with each passing decade, through resistance training and the bodybuilding lifestyle."
Research has shown that while getting older is inevitable, getting weak and sick is not. Countless fitness experts, such as Dr. Oz, note that weight-training can stem many of the health conditions commonly associated with aging.
You don't need to lift heavy weight for hours every day to reap the anti-aging benefits of strength-training. In fact, research indicates that resistance-training just two or three times a week can have dramatic anti-aging effects, including the following:
- Build/maintain muscle mass;
- Boost growth-hormone production;
- Strengthen bones;
- Prevent weight gain;
- Manage blood glucose;
- Improve cardiovascular health;
- Ward off arthritis;
- Stave off dementia.