Magazine article Work & Family Life

Tips for Lifting Weights.Without Hurting Yourself

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Tips for Lifting Weights.Without Hurting Yourself

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A Healthy You

These days ER physicians are seeing many more injuries from weightlifting, according to researchers at the University of Arkansas. Here are the most common mistakes people make and how to correct them:

Lifting weights that are too heavy. This can cause a strain or tear in muscle tissue. Begin with light weights. Work up to heavier weights as you get stronger.

Not paying attention. It's easy to lose your focus when you're lifting free weights or using a resistance machine. And that's when you're more likely to pinch your fingers between heavy plates. The most common weightlifting injuries are to the hands.

Not warming up. "Cold" muscles are more likely to tear. Walk briskly or use a stationary bike for five minutes to get your blood flowing. Then use lighter weights for a couple of rounds before you begin your full routine. …

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