Fit for life

In July, the American Heart Association officially acknowledged the cardiovascular benefits of weight training in a scientific statement that effectively reversed a long-standing policy to promote aerobic exercise exclusively. Interestingly enough, the association recommended 8 to 12 reps per set with a focus on major muscle groups and compound exercises twice a week, which is consistent with what strength athletes have long known to develop lean muscle mass.

The Bigger Picture.
Add a healthy heart to the long list of advantages associated with resistance training. It's been recognized for lowering blood pressure, contributing to bone health and reversing the effects of muscle degeneration in older adults. And let's not forget the #1 reason why most people pump iron: A great body. Of course, you should always consult with a health care professional before beginning a new training program.
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