Begin strength training only with the approval of your health care team. Always follow your health care team's directions for strength training to help avoid injury.
You can choose from several types of strength training: elastic bands, cuff and hand weights, free weights, wall pulleys or weight machines.
If your health care team recommends strength training for you, begin with a weight level that lets you repeat a lift or movement 10 to 20 times comfortably.
Do not perform the same strength training exercises (work the same muscle groups) two days in a row—give your muscles a day in between to recover.
After a muscle has been stimulated during a workout, it needs time to develop strength—it needs time to recover. Most programs are designed so you can do strength training three times per week with one day between workouts.
Some things to remember about your strength training program:
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