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Strength Exercises for Seniors: Build Muscle, Increase Metabolism

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Strength Exercises: Before You Start
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Before you start, please read these important safety tips:

  • Don't hold your breath during strength exercises. This could affect your blood pressure.
  • Use smooth, steady movements to bring weights into position. Avoid jerking or thrusting movements.
  • Avoid locking the joints of your arms and legs into a strained position. Breathe out as you lift or push a weight and breathe in as you relax.
  • Muscle soreness lasting a few days and slight fatigue are normal after muscle building exercises.
  • Exhaustion, sore joints, and painful muscle pulls are not normal.

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