You may not like it, but ensuring you include some type of strength training exercises into your workout program will help prevent the onset of many health-related issues including osteoporosis, stroke and heart disease.
There are many benefits to including strength-related exercises in your workout, including stronger bones and improved circulation; however, the two main benefits are increased overall strength and increased muscular endurance. Muscle strength is the ability to exert force against resistance (i.e. powerlifting), while muscle endurance is the ability to exert sustained effort over a long period of time (i.e. completing a triathlon).
When it comes to strength training, you can use a variety of equipment, including: free weights, weight machines, cables and even your own body weight. The ideal piece of equipment will depend on your personal preference and specific goals. For instance, if you are looking to increase your strength to improve your daily life, free weights may be the best choice as they involve a more natural coordination of several muscle groups (better simulating real life activities compared to weight machines); however, if price is an issue then you may want to consider a combination of bands and body weight exercises.