Activities that promote strengthening and flexibility are vital for a complete physical activity programme. Being stronger and more flexible helps your patient carry out their aerobic activities (e.g. brisk walking and swimming) more successfully. It also makes them feel and look better. Download the “Strength and Flexibility Exercises” leaflet for your patient to carry out at home
Strengthening exercises should be done at least 2 times per week and they should work all the major muscle groups which include shoulder, arms, chest, back, hips, legs and abdomen. 8-12 repetitions of an exercise is counted as one set.
If you can, try to do at least one or two sets for each major muscle group. A weight can be a dumbbell or simple a bag of sugar.