According to new research, 75% of Adults fail to meet muscle-strengthening recommendations set by the Department of Health and Human Services.


Although there is mounting evidence that muscle-strength training provides key health benefits, most adults don't engage in this type of exercise, according to the research.

Less than one-quarter of adults over 45 meet the muscle-strengthening recommendations set by the Department of Health and Human Services, the study found.

Strength is essential for promoting health and fitness and staying independent, researchers advised. 

Body weight exercises, such as yoga, allow people use their own body weight for resistance during strength training, negating the need for equipment.

For the study, the researchers analysed data from Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Jesse Vezina, of Arizona State University, and his fellow researchers concluded that interventions should be designed to encourage adults to increase participation in strength training programs.


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Reference:

1. Vezina, J. W., & Ananian, C. A. D. (2013, May). Rate Of Self-reported Participation In Strength Training Across Race, Age, And Gender. In MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE (Vol. 45, No. 5, pp. 464-465). 530 WALNUT ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106-3621 USA: LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS.