Julie says: Your muscles lose strength year on year unless you do regular weight-bearing exercises. Your legs get a workout every time you walk upstairs, but our arms are often forgotten. Try to do up to 10 repetitions of these exercises twice a week and you’ll soon feel a difference.
If you have a good sturdy dining chair with arms you can work your triceps by holding onto the chair arms and pushing yourself up from the chair and lowering yourself back down again slowly. This is also a great way to strengthen your wrists.
Bicep curls will help you with lifting things.
- Sit or stand holding small weights (0.5kg dumbbells are ideal to start with) or bottles of water.
- Grip with palms facing upwards then tuck your elbows in to your waist.
- Bend your arms at the elbow and lift the weights up towards your shoulders, then lower them back down slowly.
- When this feels easy you can increase the weight and lower the number of repetitions, then build back up to doing 10.
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