Smart Guide to Dumbbells

This quick guide to strength training will help you keep and tone your muscles.
The Basics

This is not an attempt to turn you into Arnold Schwarzenegger or train you to compete in an Olympic weight-lifting event.

This story is for real people who lead real lives. People who want to stand a little taller, carry luggage with ease, and look good in a sleeveless shirt.

The fact is, if you are over 45 and are not in some kind of training program, you are losing an average of 5 to 7 pounds of muscle per decade. This loss of muscle can make such daily activities as walking the dog or gardening more of a rigorous chore.

But there is a way to make life a little easier. Studies show that through a simple weight-training program, much of your muscle strength can be maintained and even increased. And, believe it or not, you are never too old to see results.

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