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Adding dumbbell weights to your workout routine is an excellent way to boost the amount of calories you burn, increase your muscle tone, promote bone density, and ramp up your metabolism.

Even if you don’t want to bulk up, everyone should aim to increase the density of their muscle mass. The benefits include:

  • burning more calories at rest (even when you’re not exercising)
  • more efficient blood flow
  • increasing support for joints
  • the ability to perform more challenging body movements
  • increased stamina and energy
  • for women, less painful menstrual cycles
  • combating the natural muscle diminishing that happens with age
  • managing chronic conditions like back pain, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease
  • sharpening your mental focus and clarity
  • preventing osteoporosis, since stressing your bones leads to an increase in bone density

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