Strength training

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Strength training can help you tone your muscles and improve your appearance. With a regular strength training program, you can reduce your body fat, increase bone strength, increase your lean muscle mass and burn calories more efficiently.

Better yet, strength training doesn't have to take as long as you might think. Do strength exercises for all the major muscle groups at least two times a week. Aim to do one set of each exercise using a weight or resistance level heavy enough to tire your muscles after about 12 to 15 repetitions.

Strength training can be done at home or in the gym. Free weights and weight machines are popular strength training tools, but they're not the only options.

You can do strength training with inexpensive resistance tubing or even your own body weight. Proper technique is important, however, to prevent injury and gain the most benefit. With proper technique, you may enjoy noticeable improvements in your strength and stamina over time.

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April 08, 2022

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