PHYSICAL EXERCISE AND FITNESS: Strength Exercise: Everything You Need to Know

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PHYSICAL EXERCISE AND FITNESS:

Strength Exercise: Everything You Need to Know

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Strength Exercise: Everything You Need to Know

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer

July 8, 2016 06:57am ET

Live Science

http://www.livescience.com/55324-strength-exercise.html

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Strength exercise, or resistance training, works your muscles by using resistance, like a dumbbell or your own body weight. This type of exercise increases lean muscle mass, which is particularly important for weight loss, because lean muscle burns more calories than other types of tissue. When people drop pounds, they can also lose muscle, so it's important to do resistance training to keep that muscle mass.

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"You can lose weight quickly [by] doing other stuff, but you're not going to keep it off [in the] long term if you don't maintain lean muscle mass," said said Kelly Drew, an exercise physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine.

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People also naturally lose muscle mass as they age, so resistance training is important for older adults. Having strong muscles can make it easier to do everyday activities, like gardening or taking your suitcase out of an overhead bin on an airplane, said Jason Schatzenpahl, a fitness specialist at CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center in Aurora, Colorado.

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Examples of strength exercises include:

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Lifting weights

Using resistance bands

Using your body weight for resistance, by doing push-ups, pull-ups,

crunches, leg squats or push-ups against a wall

Using weight machines at a gym

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Benefits of strength exercises include:

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Increased lean muscle mass (or prevention of its loss)

Increased bone density and reduced risk of osteoporosis

Increased metabolism to help with weight loss or weight maintenance

Increased muscle strength to make everyday activities easier

Lowered risk of injury (by allowing the muscles to better support the joints)


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