As more Americans struggle to manage their health, interest in
nutrition and exercise programs is skyrocketing. One strategy
that holds great promise is adding strength training to your lifestyle.
For decades, health professionals overlooked the benefits
of strength training largely due to the absence of evidence-based
programs. During the 1960’s and 70’s, the average adult wouldn’t
think of wasting their time by lifting weights. However, fifty years
of research has turned everything upside down.
In 2008, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
released Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans that served as a
call to action for health-minded individuals. The new guidelines,
which are the most extensive and scientifically-based of their kind,
make specific recommendations about the muscle-strengthening
exercises Americans should be undertaking. The guidelines also
expand extensively on the benefits of strength training!
According to Miriam Nelson, Ph.D., director of the Center for
Physical Activity and Nutrition at Tuft’s University, all Americans
should incorporate muscle-strengthening activities into their lifestyle.