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If you’re 65 or older, it might be time to hit the free weights. A study published in an issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report finds that older people would do well to take up lifting weights. In the study, 11 percent of 6,000 respondents 65 and older said they participated in strength training such as weight lifting or calisthenics two or more days per week. Women, those classified as obese, and respondents labeling themselves as “in poor health” were the least likely to strength train regularly.

Strength training helped prevent such problems as bone loss and muscle atrophy. It also minimized falls and bone fractures.

The Nation’s Health

Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, September/October 2004. Copyright © 2015 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines

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