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Weight Training Isn't Such A Heavy Lift. Here Are 7 Reasons Why You Should Try It

Added 09-26-21 07:07:02am EST - “If you're trying to rev up your pandemic fitness routine, maybe it's time to mix things up with some free weights ?" or soup cans ?" and get your muscles pumping.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Weight Training Isn't Such A Heavy Lift. Here Are 7 Reasons Why You Should Try It”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Weight lifting or other forms of strength training is a smart addition to your exercise routines. It helps stave off chronic illness and can help manage weight gain. gradyreese/Getty Images hide caption

Weight lifting or other forms of strength training is a smart addition to your exercise routines. It helps stave off chronic illness and can help manage weight gain.

There are many people out there (ahem, this writer included) who aren't sure weight training is for them. Don't get me wrong: I am a regular exerciser who usually fits in a quick run after work. But weight training? It seems kind of involved (requires complicated machines, right?), possibly embarrassing (I can't lift heavy things!) and my goal is not to get huge biceps (WWE anyone?).

Plus, who has the time? If you're like me, on a tight schedule with a job, family, pets, etc., a cardiovascular workout may seem like a better use of limited time.

Right? Well ... not so fast. There are some pervasive myths about weight training — also called strength training or resistance training — that need some serious busting.

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