Get­ting stronger

YOURS (UK) - - Feel Good -

“Body­weight ex­er­cises such as the sit-to-stand, or even walk­ing up­stairs, are a great way to strengthen your mus­cles, but as your body adapts and be­comes stronger, you need to make it work a lit­tle harder to keep your mus­cles in shape,” says Julie. “It’s of­ten eas­ier to work with small weights or re­sis­tance bands, rather than do body­weight ex­er­cises such as press-ups or lunges.”

For ex­am­ple, bi­cep curls or arm raises can be done with a re­sis­tance band or tins of soup; aim to do ten rep­e­ti­tions then rest for a minute, then try to do an­other ten. Grad­u­ally, as this be­comes eas­ier, you can build up to three sets of ten rep­e­ti­tions. To make it harder still, make the weight heav­ier or the band stronger.

Join­ing a lo­cal ex­er­cise class or try­ing a work­out DVD at home could help you dis­cover new ex­er­cises to try. Yours read­ers can get 15 per cent off a range of fit­ness equip­ment and DVDs at www. moveitor­lo­ by us­ing code Yours at the check­out un­til May 31, 2018.

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