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How Strength Training Changes Your Body for Good

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  • A study involving nearly 36,000 older women suggests strength training may lower a woman’s risk of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes independent of her level of aerobic activity
  • Strength training contributes to strong bones, making you less susceptible to osteoporosis, a condition affecting 10 million Americans that results in 2 million bone fractures annually
  • Ranging from body weight exercises, hand weights and kettlebells to resistance machines, rope climbing and strength classes — there is a strength training program for everyone

By Dr. Mercola

If you are still laboring under the misconception that strength training is only for hard-core bodybuilders and those interested in bulking up, it's time to change your thinking and incorporate some form of weight training into your exercise routine. Doing so will transform not only your health and physique, but also your perception of what you are capable of doing physically. If you are a woman at or older than middle age, strength training is vital because it protects against osteoporosis by increasing your bone density.


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