I am your age Joe. I am an 84-year-old woman and I think I’m doing pretty well for my age, all things considered. I walk almost every day for 20 minutes and do my stretching exercises each morning. I would like to know if you think I could begin lifting light weights. I don’t want to become Arnold Schwarzenegger of course, but I think I would like to see some new muscles on my arms.
Well good for you, my dear! I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed reading your letter. I have to say though, that at 88 I still have a few years on you, but since I was once your age I think I’m qualified to answer your question.
As I do with everyone, both young and old, I would first recommend that you receive clearance from your physician to lift weights. You didn’t mention any underlying medical conditions you may have, but assuming you get a clean bill of health I see no reason why you couldn’t begin lifting a pair of light dumbbells.
If you want to build up your arms I would recommend performing 3 sets of 10 reps of seated dumbbell curls, possibly performed on an armless chair or bench. To work your triceps along with your shoulders you can do seated dumbbell presses, again for 3 sets of 10 reps. Follow this combination twice per week starting with a pair of 2 lb. dumbbells and working your way up should they become too easy for you.
Again, I applaud you, Madam, on your initiative. I look forward to hearing from you again once you’ve begun to see the fruits of your labor.