Weight lifting and weight control
Alternative Names: Fat and weight lifting
Weight lifting builds muscle, which increases overall body strength, tone, and balance. Muscles burn calories more efficiently than fat and other body tissues. Lifting weights is an effective way to burn calories because increasing muscle mass may help to increase your metabolic rate.
If proper technique is followed, most people of any age can safely lift weights. It is important, however, to check with your doctor before you start to train with weights. Also, consult an experienced personal trainer or coach prior to beginning a weight lifting program. This can help prevent injuries and the loss of muscle strength and endurance that occurs with bed rest and inactivity.
Those recovering from heart attacks can benefit greatly from supervised cardiac rehabilitation programs.
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Reviewed By: Robert Hurd, MD, Professor of Endocrinology, Department of Biology, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, and physician in the Primary Care Clinic, Cincinnati Veterans Administration Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
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