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For those who have no other medical complications, strength training is safe and can provide many benefits. A good starting point for strength training is 5-10 exercises, performed 2 times per week. The Fitness Resource Center has examples of exercises and workouts that are easy to follow and require minimal equipment.
Listen to your body. Push yourself hard enough to get a good workout, but not too hard. The Talk Test is a good indication of proper intensity. If you can answer a question but not comfortably carry on a conversation at the height of your workout, you’re exercising at a good intensity level.
It's never too late to start an active lifestyle. No matter how old you are, how unfit you feel, or how long you've been inactive, research shows that starting a more active lifestyle now—through consistent, moderately intense activity—can make you healthier and improve your quality of life. Increasing your overall activity, even in ways you wouldn’t think of as exercise, also boasts big benefits.
Jen received her master's degree in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati. A mom and avid marathon runner, she is a certified personal trainer, certified health coach and advanced health & fitness specialist. See all of Jen's articles.
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