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HEART

Cardiac tissue is muscle tissue, too, Albano says, and just
like other muscles, it reaps benefits from strength training.
When you lift weights, you condition your heart to function
better. That's because when you work out, Albano adds,
"your heart is essentially being stressed, but in a very good
way," and afterward, it's able to pump more efficiently.

MIND

Strength training, like other forms of
exercise, has plenty of psychological
benefits, Albano says. "It can be a very
good way for individuals to get rid of
work- or life-related stress," he says. It
also helps trigger a positive mood, can
reduce the risk of depression and lead
to better sleep.

JOINTS

Muscles are "like the supporting architecture around joints," Albano says.
So building stronger muscles through
strength training means adding more
support for joints. Plus, strength training promotes calorie burn and fat loss,
which can mean less stress on joints in
the first place. ■

VIDEO

Train at Home
The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention website features
videos showing easy strength
training exercises to do at home.
Go to cdc.gov and search "muscle
strengthening at home."

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