Magazine article Work & Family Life

Get Some Advice before You Start Lifting Weights

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Get Some Advice before You Start Lifting Weights

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Weight-training is growing in popularity among people of all ages. It refers to exercises done with free weights or on gym equipment called resistance machines. It is a relatively safe, core-strengthening form of exercise, but injuries can and do happen. And, according to a national study published online by "The American Journal of Sports Medicine," these mishaps spare no body part, gender or age group.

The most common injuries are sprains and strains, but can also involve fractures and dislocations. The leading cause, by far: people dropping free weights on themselves.

Here's some advice from New York Times Personal Health columnist Jane Brody, who lifts weights at home with the guidance of a personal trainer.

Before you start lifting weights, consult with a doctor or athletic trainer to create a safe program based on your age and abilities. …

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