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AT A GLANCE BY JEANNIE NUSS

PUMP IT UP

A look at how strength training can benefit your
body and mind
We all know that exercise is good for us. But
the type of exercise we
do matters.
If your workout routine is all
cardio or aerobic exercises (think
running, swimming, cycling and
chugging away at the elliptical),
adding strength training to the
mix can make a major difference.
Strength or resistance training can help you build muscles,
burn fat and protect your joints,
whether you're using free weights,
machines, resistance bands or
body weight.
"Coupled with cardiovascular training like riding a bike

or running, it really helps to
have a more total approach to
overall wellness," says Andrew
Albano, DO, a member of the
American Medical Society for
Sports Medicine.
The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention agrees,
recommending that adults perform
muscle-strengthening
activities two or more days a week
in addition to 150 minutes
of moderate-intensity aerobic
activity each week.
How does strength training
benefit the whole body?
Read on, and then consider
hitting the weights.

MUSCLES

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PHOTOS BY THINKSTOCK

This one will seem obvious: Strength training builds stronger muscles. But it's helpful to
think about how important this is in daily life.
Muscles help us do everything from grocery
shopping and picking up children to running a
half-marathon. "It makes you more efficient in
doing the things that you do on a day-to-day
basis," Albano says.



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