๐ŸŽ Today’s Health Tip ~ Strength Train for a Longer and Higher Quality of Life

Regular physical activity promotes general good health, reduces the risk of developing many diseases, and helps you live a longer and healthier life. For many of us, โ€œexerciseโ€ means walking, jogging, treadmill work, or other activities that get the heart pumping.

But often overlooked is the value of strength-building exercises. Once you reach your 50s and beyond, strength (or resistance) training is critical to preserving the ability to perform the most ordinary activities of daily living โ€” and to maintain an active and independent lifestyle.ย The average 30-year-old will lose about a quarter of his or her muscle strength by age 70 and half of it by age 90. โ€œJust doing aerobic exercise is not adequate,โ€ says Dr. Robert Schreiber, physician-in-chief at Hebrew SeniorLife and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. โ€œUnless you are doing strength training, you will become weaker and less functional.โ€

Source: Harvard Medical School, Healthbeat Newsletter (Issue #4)

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