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WIN 2017

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Spirit Health Coach 2 Boost your health with strength training GOING By Heather R. Johnson STRONG I f you're over 30, strength training should rank as high on your healthy to-do list as eating your vegetables and brushing your teeth. Women lose 5 percent of their lean muscle mass—key for keeping metabolism revved, weight stable and mobility intact—every decade, starting in their 30s. "Strength training helps you avoid later-in-life accidents, such as the falls that cause hip fractures," says Pam Sherman, a personal trainer based in Sacramento, Calif. "There's no way you won't lose muscle unless you put strength training into your program now." And strength training doesn't just preserve muscle. It also helps you maintain bone density as you age. "As you get older, estrogen decreases, which leads to a decrease in bone mass," says Chicago-based personal trainer and running coach Meghan Kennihan. "By strength training with weight resistance, you not only build or maintain bone density, but also the muscles and connective tissue. So even if you fall, you will be agile enough to break your fall."

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