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Next Avenue: Follow these tips on how to start weight training, and how to do it right

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.

Exercise — like walking, biking or swimming — is great for us and crucial as we age. But what about weight training?

If these two words scare you or conjure up images of Charles Atlas getting sand kicked in his face and then becoming a bodybuilding king, know this: You’re not alone, and you don’t need pecs like Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“Many people grapple with fear of injury or the unknown when it comes to weight training,” says Keaton Ray, a physical therapist in Portland, Ore., and co-founder of physical therapy clinic Movement X.

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