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I do regular aerobic exercise, but should I also include strength training in my routine?

In many ways, gravity has some long-term negative effects on our bodies. A great way to overcome that is to include strength training in your weekly exercise routine. This combination is critical across the age spectrum from teens to senior citizens. Any physical activity has a positive influence on your overall health and it’s critical to have a balance between both aerobic and muscular strength training. Regular strength training has a positive influence on your muscles, bones and joints.

For those of you who may not have an active exercise routine, a first goal should be to simply reduce your amount of inactivity. New research supports that even a single episode of exercise has a significant beneficial effect on your brain activity. The greater the intensity of the workout, the more significant the positive impact on neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and epinephrine, which are all naturally produced within our bodies. Scientists refer to these as endogenous opioids or “feel good” substances, which can lead to a true natural high!