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Lose weight and gain muscle with simple strength-building exercises you can do at home.

By Kathryn Trim
Photos by Theo

Muscle added by strength training speeds metabolism, turning your body into a calorie-burning machine. Strength training also increases endurance, improves posture, strengthens bones, and cuts your risk of injury—all good reasons to add strength training to your exercise program.

The average 130-pound woman who lifts weights burns up to 250 extra calories per day, according to Gary Hunter, exercise physiologist and professor of human studies at the University of Alabama. To start your own weight-training program, all you need are some simple handheld weights, comfortable clothes, supportive shoes, and a few simple exercises. Remember to consult your doctor before you begin any exercise program.

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