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Knees hurt? Bad elbow? Lifting weights may ease the pain of sore, stiff joints. Tufts University researchers had men and women with knee pain perform weight-bearing exercises, such as squats and leg extensions, regularly for 4 months. At the end of the trial, the lifters were able to stand, walk, and climb stairs more easily and had up to 43 percent less joint pain than when the trial began. "Muscles act as shock absorbers for joints, so the more in shape your muscles are, the more they protect your joints and keep them from hurting," says Ronenn Roubenoff, M.D., one of the study authors.

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