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AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (66,733)
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10/13/13 3:22 P

If it hurts or is uncomfortable, you are making the right call by stopping. I often see older women lifting weights that seem too heavy for them and they tend to get injured.

What about something like swimming? It's certainly a good way to work out your arm muscles, but you have the support of the water to keep you from hurting yourself. I mostly do backstroke--it is really great for your upper arm and back muscles.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,906)
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10/13/13 3:03 P

I would say your best bet would be to contact a physical therapist, who can design a program based on your individual medical needs. It's really tough (and Sparkpeople doesn't allow us to) make recommendations for someone based on their individual medical needs.

CASSIDY12 Posts: 4
10/13/13 1:19 P

I just finished reading "are your weights too light?". I'm 62 and exercise regularly -- cardio and strength. As a 2-time breast cancer survivor with lymph nodes removed, I am unable to continue to increase my weights. I do change my strengthening exercises every few months to mix things up, but what is the best thing I can do for, especially, upper body strengthening without increasing beyond 10# weights?

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