There was a time when losing weight and getting fit meant eating right and getting lots of cardio exercise. Today the fitness world and your success depend on much more than that. You still need to eat the right foods and supply healthy nutrition to your body. You still need to get that heart rate moving and keep it moving for at least 15 minutes (preferably longer) each day, but you also need weights even if you don’t want to build muscles the size of Mr. Olympia.

Weight-bearing exercise is critical for overall fitness and that means picking up the weights from time to time. Research has shown that weight-bearing exercises just a few days a week may help dieters lose more weight and build bone density – perfect for women in menopause.

We have reviews for lightweight options like Cathe Ergo Ankle and Wrist Weights and Savasa Ankle Weights – perfect for adding a little intensity to your daily walk. Want things to get a little more intense during your workout? Try Jillian Michaels Shred It with Weights program.

Feel like jumping in to the free weight category. Brands like Body by Jake, TKO and Troy offer products you can use in your home for a fraction of the cost of a gym membership. Ready to move past the home gym and into a more formal workout setting with tons of weights and equipment? We’ve reviewed major gym chains like Gold’s Gym, 24-Hour Fitness and Forever Fit.

Remember to talk with your physician before starting with weights. While there is no age limit on weight lifting, each person’s medical history is unique and weights may not be an option for all people.

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