Build Those Muscles
Muscle training includes performing weight-bearing resistance training including both isometric and isotonic exercises. Isometric exercises are done by contracting the muscles without movement, such as the plank bridge, while an isotonic exercise is performed using movement, such as lifting weights.
Depending on one’s capabilities, these exercises can be done with or without weights. Muscle training, also known as strength training, is very important because it strengthens the muscles, maintains bone density and increases muscle mass, all of which increase the amount of activity that can be done pain free.
Rather than using the traditional free weights, it is recommended that flexible-resistance bands are used because they put less stress on the joints in the hands. Common examples of muscle training exercises include leg extensions, calf raises, push-ups, pull-ups, bicep curls and crunches.