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How and why to add strength training to your exercise plan

Enjoy immediate gains by developing a well-rounded program, performing the exercises with good form, and being consistent.

Regular physical activity promotes general good health, prevents chronic disease, and helps you live a longer and healthier life. For many of us, the exercise prescription comes in the form of walking, jogging, treadmill work, or other "aerobic" activities that get your heart pumping.

But often overlooked is the value of strength-building exercise. Once we reach our 50s and beyond, strength-building exercise is critical to preserving the ability to perform the most ordinary activities of daily living and therefore maintain an active and independent lifestyle.

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