Easy ways to get stronger

Fit more strength training into your day by doing a few simple exercises at home.

Strength training is one of the most important kinds of exercise for older adults. It builds muscle mass, strengthens bones, helps control blood sugar, and makes daily activities a little easier. "We have people who began strength training in their 70s and notice they can get in and out of a car more easily, or get off a couch without holding on to something," says Madhuri Kale, a physical therapist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital.

You don't always have to go to a gym to get stronger, which is helpful for people who can't or don't want to do that. There are easy ways to fit strength training into your daily routine at home.

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