Why it is important
Strength training reduces risk of heart disease, improves body composition and posture. It results in fewer injuries, improved metabolic health and increases longevity. It makes your bones denser which reduces the risk of osteoporosis. It can also help to manage chronic conditions such as back pain, arthritis, obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Mental health benefits include improved memory, improved executive control, may lessen depression, less chronic fatigue, improved quality of sleep, improved cognition, less anxiety and increased self-esteem.
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Category: Physical healthResearch
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