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Health Tip: Weight Lifting Safety

Be realistic, and don't overdo it

(HealthDay News) -- Weight lifting is great exercise for people who want to tone muscle and lose weight, but lifters should also take care to prevent injury.

Here are suggestions on how to begin a weight-lifting program, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • Find a good coach or trainer to teach you the appropriate techniques.
  • Set realistic goals of what you want to achieve.
  • Don't lift weights before age 15.
  • Always warm up before and cool down after your workouts.
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