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Majority of Adults Need More Muscle Strengthening Exercise

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  • Strength training is an integral part of a well-rounded exercise program, and is recommended for both sexes of all ages—especially adults and seniors
  • Resistance training has many benefits, and is an essential element if you want to prevent weakening of your bones (osteoporosis), age-related muscle loss (sarcopenia), limited range of motion, aches, and pains
  • Light walking is not enough to preserve muscle tone, bone health, balance, and posture. If you’re not engaging in strength training, chances are you’ll become increasingly less functional with age
  • Examples of muscle-strengthening exercises include yoga, body-weight exercises, and resistance training using elastic bands and/or free weights or weight machines
  • Super-slow weight training has superior benefits to high intensity interval (anaerobic) training, and may be a more suitable form of high intensity exercise for older individuals

By Dr. Mercola

Staying active and maintaining strong muscles becomes increasingly important as you get older to prevent chronic health problems and injuries from falls. The good news is that even frail seniors of advanced age can improve strength, agility, and balance through a personalized strength training program.

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