Q: In your November 2007 issue, you said that experts prescribe strength training for seniors at least once a week. What equipment and exercises are recommended for a healthy senior to build and maintain muscles?


Answer :An excellent starting point is the Growing Stronger: Strength Training for Older Adults program, developed by experts at Tufts and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Growing Stronger is an exercise program based upon sound scientific research involving exercises that have been shown to increase the strength of your muscles, maintain the integrity of your bones, and improve your balance, coordination and mobility. At the Web site growingstronger.nutrition.tufts.edu you can jump right into an interactive exercise program or download a free copy of a Growing Stronger booklet. You can also order a printed, spiral-bound copy of Growing Stronger for $9.95 from www.tuftsbooks.com or by calling (973) 579-3760.


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