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  • These are all interesting reasons and apply to our family in various ways. For me, I especially seem to get soar shoulders as I get a little "older" and strength training helps keep me in better shape and using them better. - 4/14/2016 2:08:44 PM
  • I really liked the 10 reason to keep going. - 3/13/2016 1:49:01 PM
  • When I first returned to SP I did a challenge that had me strength training 6 days a week alternating between different parts of my body. Since then I have done total body strength exercises 3 times a week - it is just part of my routine and I do see the benefits. I do alternate between weights and resistance bands which are also effective from what I have read. Certainly I feel more fit. I probably should ramp up my ST reps more though to continue to see the benefits. A good article and reminder of why strength training is important, especially to those of us who are older. - 3/13/2016 12:09:46 PM
    Surgery 6 weeks old so back to Leslie Sansome and my 1 1/2 lb gloved weights. Glad to have gotten this wake-up call this morning! - 3/9/2016 11:03:36 AM
  • Right now strength training is my weakest area. Thanks for the motivating article. There are lots of ST here on SparkPeople, no excuses. - 3/9/2016 8:29:14 AM
  • Out of sight, out of mind. When I finally put my set of dumbbells in the living room, right in my line of sight by the TV, I was able to stick to my 3 times per week routine, gradually building up the amount of weight lifted and the length of the workout session. - 3/9/2016 6:23:23 AM
  • I strength train every other day. Sometimes I use a stretchie band, sometimes I use weights. What ever I feel like using. I'm aging. . It's important to strengthen the muscles at any age. - 2/23/2016 8:54:22 AM
  • While reading this article, I was using an exercise band for upper body strengthening ;-). Who says you have to 'just sit' at the computer screen?? ;-) THANKS for the fine reminders of the value of strength training, especially as we 'age wisely'-- this 64 year old is making a new resolution on weight training ;-). - 12/19/2015 7:58:30 PM
    This is an excellent article with some information which I didn't previously know. I am limited to what I can do, but at least I should be able to do some exercises. - 9/12/2015 7:29:44 PM
  • still don't like it! geeze. I have to make myself do it. I hate weighs. Rather use stretchy bands - 9/12/2015 5:48:24 PM
  • Yessss, I just started strength training again a couple weeks ago, and I always love how it gives my body such stability with every thing I do. Spark on sparkers! ):) - 8/18/2015 4:03:22 PM
  • I'm very lax at strength training and I know I need it. Just a note, though. Not everyone can lift more than 5 pounds because of physical limitations and medical problems. To say all women should be lifting 15-20 pounds is wrong. I know that right now I can use no more than 5 pounds, but by starting, I'll be doing something. - 8/16/2015 4:54:01 PM
  • What a great article, I learned so much. Since adding multiple days of strength training each week, my body is leaner and I do sleep better. I am a fan of body weight moves, various resistance bands, and lighter dumb bells...up to ten pounds, annnnnd I love that I can do all of this at home! - 8/16/2015 7:38:13 AM
  • Learning to love strength training is a great help indeed! - 8/15/2015 4:37:29 PM
  • I just started in a gym. I am still learning when enough is enough. I go, then next suffer for 2-3 days with soreness. I seem to get into a state of mind that I get lost. Similar to a runners high.Strange. Right now I have a love-hate relationship with the whole thing. LOL! - 8/15/2015 9:53:44 AM

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