After decades of dominance by aerobics and "cardio," strength has made a comeback. Even some doctors have begun to catch up with the literature on the value of resistance training for health. Unfortunately, even when doctors do prescribe strength training, they usually screw it up: Wrong formulation. Wrong dose. Wrong frequency. Wrong route of administration. Wrong therapeutic targets. The completely counterproductive prescription usually looks like this:
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Back pain is ubiquitous in humans. Nine out of ten will experience back pain at some point in their adult lives. In a small minority of cases, back pain is a sign of something sinister--pneumonia, heart problems, infection, even malignancy. If your back pain is severe or associated with other symptoms like fever or tingling or shortness of breath, see your doctor. But the vast majority of back pain cases are due to a musculoskeletal problem--mechanical back pain. Mechanical
YOU CAN GET STRONGER!
As we age, we lose fitness—power, stamina, flexibility, endurance, and balance. But the most important of all fitness components is strength. In our fifth decade and beyond, we can lose muscle tissue rapidly, and we lose precisely those muscle fibers that are most important for strength and power. With the loss of muscle and strength comes brittle bones, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, back pain, frailty, falls, and loss of independence. T