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Include resistance training in your fitness routine.

Women strength training at a gym.

Essential element of exercise.

Strength and resistance training is one of the four main types of exercise:

  • Endurance
  • Strength (resistance training)
  • Balance
  • Flexibility

A strong recommendation.

The American Heart Association recommends moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least twice a week. You can add this to your cardio (endurance) exercise days, or do it separately.

All kinds of benefits.

Strengthening your muscles benefits your body in many ways:

  • It helps protect your body from injury.
  • It leads to a higher metabolic rate, so you burn more calories.
  • You retain the ability to perform everyday activities as you age.

Not about bulging biceps!

Your goal is to remain strong and healthy – not bodybuilding at Venice beach. Find simple exercises you enjoy, using free weights, machines or your body’s own weight.

Make strength a habit.

Check out our six short “Habit Coach” videos for advice on sticking with your resistance training routine.

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