Shop­ping good for you

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THERE is a down side to the rise of on­line shop­ping, phys­io­ther­a­pists say.

It is ru­in­ing peo­ple’s mus­cles be­cause they no longer carry gro­ceries.

“On­line shop­ping may be very con­ve­nient but it does mean that we are losing some of the meth­ods that used to ex­ist for strength­en­ing our mus­cles,” said Pro­fes­sor Karen Mid­dle­ton, the so­ci­ety’s chief ex­ec­u­tive. “This isn’t an ar­gu­ment against progress. It’s just to show that main­tain­ing strength and be­ing ac­tive doesn’t have to mean go­ing to the gym.

“We should look for ways to build it into our ev­ery­day lives.

“To start, it can be dig­ging in the gar­den or sim­ple body­weight ex­er­cises such as stand­ing up out of a chair up to ten times.”

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