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How and why to add strength training to your exercise plan

  Many people who exercise focus on aerobic activities that get the heart pumping, walking, jogging, or treadmill work. They often overlook strength-building exercises. Health experts suggest doing two sessions of strength training each week. A beginner’s workout takes as little as 20 minutes, and doesn't require grunting, straining, or sweating like a cartoon bodybuilder. Strength and endurance training exercises can improve balance, reduce falls, help control blood sugar, raise confidence, brighten mood, and preserve vitality and independence in daily living.  
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