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How quickly do strengthening exercises work?

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It takes about 2 weeks for your muscles to get used to resistance exercise. Always allow for a day or two off for rest after training, even when your body is used to the exercise.

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.

SOURCES:

Mazur, L. , July 1993. Sports Medicine

PBS.org: "Strengthening Exercises: What You Need to Get Started."

MedicineNet: "Exercise Strength and Endurance Levels."

American College of Sports Medicine.

CNN.com.

Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on June 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Mazur, L. , July 1993. Sports Medicine

PBS.org: "Strengthening Exercises: What You Need to Get Started."

MedicineNet: "Exercise Strength and Endurance Levels."

American College of Sports Medicine.

CNN.com.

Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on June 12, 2018

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