Healthy Habits Hero: Myatt Murphy

"Getting strong helps burn fat, and people often don't make that connection." - Myatt Murphy, CSCS, Fitness consultant and author, New York

Myatt Murphy

Healthy Habits Hero: Myatt Murphy

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Myatt Murphy knows that look—the one most women get when they hear the words "strength training." It's an almost instant cringe. "It's because they fear getting bigger," he says. From the time men are teenagers, exercise is all about getting bigger and stronger, but women want to be thinner and leaner. Weight lifting can help with that because the more muscle tissue you have, the more calories you'll burn. Then, there are all the other benefits. "Building strength can prevent injury and so many aches, pains, and strains that keep you from enjoying life," Murphy says. "When I was a teenager, strength training was about building muscle, but now it's more about fat loss and keeping the gears greased so I can stay as young as possible for as long as possible."

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