Although strength training is a key component of fitness, physicians and other health care providers aren't routinely discussing it with patients, according to a study presented at American College of Sports Medicine's 57th Annual Meeting in Baltimore.

Teresa Merrick, Ph.D., surveyed 171 adults over age 40 about their recent visits to health care providers. Of the 154 who had seen their doctor in the past 12 months, fewer than 30 percent reported any discussion about strength training during their visits. In addition, only about 20 percent had ever heard advice from their primary care providers about strength training since turning 40.

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