Performing muscle strengthening for just 30 minutes per week can reduce your risk of death up to 20 percent. In a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Japanese researchers compiled data from studies around the world. They found that performing only 30 to 60 minutes of muscle strengthening activity every week is linked to a 10 to 20 percent lower risk of death from any cause, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. But if you don’t like to lift weights, don’t worry. You can strengthen your muscles with activities like carrying heavy shopping bags, digging and shoveling in your garden, or even lifting and carrying children.