NPR Health Shots | How weight training can help women stay strong

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For years I was a totally lopsided exerciser. I did aerobic workouts until the cows came home, easily meeting the government’s recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise per week. But I rarely picked up a dumbbell or did a push-up. I definitely didn’t follow the government’s advice to work out all my major muscle groups with resistance training at least twice a week.I wasn’t the only one falling short on that front. Federal data show that, overall, adults do a much better job of meeting the requirements for aerobic activity than both aerobic and strength training. Continue.