Activities that force your muscles to work against resistance are great for maintaining and building muscle, bone strength and density. In order to be beneficial, you should be working against a resistance strong enough that you have to take a short rest after around 8 – 15 repetitions.
Always begin any new exercise with very light weights and move slowly to avoid injury. If you don’t have any weights, start with your own bodyweight and then progress to something you have around the house, such as tins of baked beans. If you feel pain doing an exercise stop and consult a professional. Always consult your doctor before starting a new programme of exercise.
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