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What are the health benefits of strength and flexibility exercises?

Health benefits of strength and flexibility exercises include:

  • Increased muscle strength
  • Increased muscle endurance
  • Increased muscle flexibility
  • Elevated mood
  • Pain relief
  • Injury prevention
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Although data on aging indicates that strength and flexibility exercises produce only 20 percent of the RealAge (physiologic age) benefit attributable to exercise (1.7 years younger), these exercises help protect joints, muscles, and tendons from strains and tears. Because strength and flexibility exercises keep your bones young, they also help prevent osteoporosis (the loss of bone density) and fractures. In addition, they improve balance and help prevent fat gain. Strength exercises increase the efficiency of oxygen use by your muscles, reduce arterial aging, and improve immune function, thus decreasing the risk of early onset of chronic diseases such as arthritis.

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