Introduction to Strengthening Exercises
Muscular strength and conditioning exercises are another important component of any well balanced exercise program which should include stretching/flexibility and endurance exercises. These exercises are geared to increase the strength of our muscles, enabling us to efficiently perform and enjoy our daily tasks and activities. Strengthening exercise improves our posture, makes our bones stronger, and decreases the risk of injuries to our body.
Exercise a minimum of five days a week, ideally performing strengthening exercises 2 to 3 days a week. Give your muscles a day's rest between strength training sessions. Your muscles may feel sore a day or two after you've started a new exercise program. If you are sore, wait until soreness has diminished before going back to strength training. Consult with your doctor if the muscle soreness lasts longer than two days. In addition, if muscle soreness occurs 2-3 hours after exercise, you know you have done too much. During the next exercise session, decrease the number of repetitions, sets, or resistance until you find the right program for you.