Other than big muscles, are there health benefits to resistance training?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Oh yes! Let me count the ways. Resistance training builds muscle so contributes most per minute to weight loss, increases blood flow and lowers your blood pressure.  Not to mention, resistance training (in addition to cardio) keeps your blood sugar from going on a roller coaster ride.  And as if you needed more incentive to add resistance training to your work out, it strengthens muscles and increases balance.  Having weak muscles and poor balance increases your risk of falls. And, by extension, fractures. And, by further extension, emergency room visits that can have you laid up for weeks.  Not sure what types of exercises to do?  Check out You: On a Diet and You: Being Beautiful for some simple, but effective resistance exercises. Or

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