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.
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.
Heather Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
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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