Secrets of Strength Training

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5. Less likelihood of injury and faster recovery from existing injuries -- Strong muscles around your joints will help them to be strong and stable and less liable to injury. Strength training also increases the strength of tendons and ligaments that hold joints together. Similarly, if you do get an injury, strengthening the muscles around the site of the injury is one of the best ways to help it to heal quickly.

6. Improved flexibility and balance -- The more flexible you are and the better your balance, the less likely you are to injure yourself. You'll also have better posture and move more gracefully. These factors all contribute to greater feelings of independence, more confidence and a greater capacity to enjoy your favorite activities.