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What are strengthening exercises?

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Strengthening exercises work muscles as they move against resistance. This resistance can come from workout machines, free weights or barbells, elastic bands, water, stairs, hills, cans of vegetables from the pantry -- even your own body weight as you do a pushup.

For example, walking on a treadmill (which is aerobic exercise) becomes strengthening as you raise the incline of the treadmill.

SOURCES:

Mazur, L. , July 1993. Sports Medicine

PBS.org: "Strengthening Exercises: What You Need to Get Started."

MedicineNet: "Exercise Strength and Endurance Levels."

American College of Sports Medicine.

CNN.com.

Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on June 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Mazur, L. , July 1993. Sports Medicine

PBS.org: "Strengthening Exercises: What You Need to Get Started."

MedicineNet: "Exercise Strength and Endurance Levels."

American College of Sports Medicine.

CNN.com.

Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on June 12, 2018

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