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Duke Medicine: The unquestionable benefits of strength training

Posted August 22, 2011 8:00 p.m. EDT

So, you’ve set goals for weight loss. Or maybe you’ve reached a point where you are working to maintain your weight.

To help you achieve your goals, it’s important to do aerobic activity -- ideally an hour per day, five or six days per week -- while incorporating strength training.

The research in favor of strength training becomes clearer every day. The American College of Sports Medicine, teaming with family physicians, has set a “prescription” of eight to 10 strength exercises, two times per week.

To learn more about the importance of strength training, read the full post on by Brian Housle, MS, MEd, an exercise physiologist with Duke Diet & Fitness Center.