Strength training is an essential part of a complete exercise program. Learn exactly what it is and how to get started.

Strength training (also called weight lifting) builds lean muscle mass, which increases your physical strength and your bone density. It is especially beneficial as people age, because it reduces the signs and symptoms of:

  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Obesity
  • Back pain
  • Depression

Examples of strength training include:

  • Weight lifting, using:
    • Free weights
    • Weight machines
    • Elastic tubing
  • Body weight exercises, such as push ups or chin ups