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10 weight training tips for beginners

Joel Streed, Mayo Clinic News Network on

Published in Health & Fitness

Years ago, weightlifting was thought to be reserved solely for bodybuilders and athletes. However, there has been significant research on the medical benefits of lifting weights. Everyone benefits from stronger bones and muscles. Plan to incorporate weight training into your routine, regardless of your age, ability or fitness level.

Weight training is a type of strength training that uses weights for resistance. This could be weight machines or free weights, like dumbbells or barbells, at home or a gym. It stresses and strengthens your muscles over time.

Who can benefit from weight training?

It doesn't matter if you are 19 or 90, run marathons, or struggle to climb stairs; weight training can benefit everyone.

It helps build muscle, strengthens bones, improves balance and prevents injuries. Often, it is helpful for people with many chronic health conditions. Overall, it helps people feel better physically and mentally.

Weight training also has been shown to help improve:


-- Blood pressure

-- Blood sugar (diabetes)

-- Brain health

-- Bone density


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