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What is Resistance Training?

Resistance training is a type of exercise that improves the strength of the muscles in your body.

Talk to your doctor and exercise to make sure your program is safe for you if you have:

  • untreated high blood pressure.
  • abdominal or inguinal hernias that have not been repaired.
  • untreated glaucoma.
  • eye complications from diabetes (retinopathy).
  • muscle or joint problems (shoulder, back, knee).
  • difficulty getting up from the floor.

Resistance training is a type of exercise that improves the strength of the muscles in your body. This is done by lifting weights or using exercise bands.

Lifting weights 2 to 3 times per week can increase your strength and endurance, and builds up your muscle.

Doing aerobic and resistance training together gives the best results for improving your fitness. Find out more about aerobic exercise ยป

Who Can Do Resistance Training?

Everyone can do resistance training. It is never too late to start.

Talk to your doctor and exercise team to make sure your resistance training program is safe for you. Talk to your doctor if you have any of the health problems listed below.

  • Untreated high blood pressure.
  • Abdominal or inguinal hernias that have not been repaired.
  • Untreated glaucoma.
  • Eye complications from diabetes (retinopathy).
  • Muscle or joint problems (shoulder, back, knee).
  • Difficulty getting up from the floor.

Your doctor or exercise team can make changes to your resistance training program to ensure you are safe.

Last Reviewed: 10/16/2016