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Strength training fails a test maybe

 •  • by Paul Ingraham
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A new study suggest that Vitamin D, Omega-3s, and strength-training may offer no benefit in healthy older adults. I’m not surprised by the first two, I certainly am by the third! Strength training “does not seem to improve a range of physical and cognitive outcomes”? Really?!

That seems like the first ever trial of strength training for older adults without a happy ending.

So, disconfirmation bias share. That is, I’m sharing not because it confirms my bias, because it challenges it. My bias, which is very strong, is that strength training is extremely healthy stuff, and offers a particularly good return on investment for older adults.

I haven’t actually analyzed the study, and to be honest I probably won’t: too many studies, too little time, and this one is too much at odds with the literature as a whole to stir me to investigate. To be more downright blunt, I strong suspect there is probably something seriously wrong with how this study was conducted. But noted!

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