Pumping Iron

It's not just for men anymore; in fact, women benefit more by developing stronger bones

Call me naive, but I always figured I'd sail through my 30s without having to think too much about my body's physical upkeep. A little jogging, a few vitamins, and I would stay in shape forever, or at least until my 40s. I never counted on my metabolism slowing down. But I've discovered I can't eat as much as I used to without gaining a few pounds, and I have to run farther just to maintain my weight. So when a friend suggested pumping iron as a way to boost my burn rate, I was skeptical (Arnold Schwarzenegger leaped to mind)...

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