(HealthDay News) -- As you age, it's important to keep up your strength.
To build your muscles, you'll need to lift or push weight, the National Institute on Aging says.
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Here's the agency's advice for starting a strength-training program:
- Talk with your doctor if you are unsure about starting a specific exercise.
- Don't hold your breath during strength exercises. Doing so can affect your blood pressure.
- Breathe in slowly through your nose and breathe out slowly through your mouth.
- Breathe out as you lift or push, and breathe in as you relax.
- To prevent injury, don't jerk or thrust weights. Use smooth, steady movements.
- Expect some muscle soreness lasting a few days and slight fatigue. But these symptoms should go away. If they persist, see your doctor.
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