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Build Muscle With Strengthening Exercises

How Quickly Do Resistance Exercises Work?

It takes about 2 weeks for your muscles to get used to resistance exercise. During this time, allow for a day or two off for rest after training.

Your muscles need that rest period to get stronger. If you work out daily, you will end up exhausted and sore, making injury, strains, and sprains more likely.

If you stick with your strengthening program, within a few weeks you'll start to feel stronger, have better posture, and have noticeable muscle definition.

Listen to Your Body

Only you know how much weight or resistance you can handle during exercise.

You need to choose weights and exercises that fit your size and ability.

If the weight or movement feels like it's too much, then it's too much. Stop, and let your body rest. The next time you work out, start with a lower weight (or no weight). You should feel like you're challenging yourself without causing too much stress on your body.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on February 06, 2014
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