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A Weighty Issue for Exercise Buffs

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  • A chest press or another pushing exercise.
  • A rowing exercise or another type of pulling exercise.
  • A major leg muscle exercise like a squat or leg press.
  • A core body exercise for the midsection, like sit-ups or crunches.


Westcott suggests weight training every other day, with an aerobic workout on the off days.


"In most studies, if we are doing 15 to 20 minutes of strength training, we do 15 to 20 minutes of aerobics," he says. "You don't have to do a lot to get fairly significant changes."


Bob Calandra is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in several magazines including People and Life. He lives in Glenside, Pa.

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