Weightlifting & Exercise/Workout plan

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Hi David,

I recently went through a tough time in my life when i got detected with Dengue in September and got hospitalized for a few days. Because of this, it made me weak and thinner than before. I have recovered completely now and want to start exercising to put on muscle.

I love doing pushups, but dont know how many sets/reps i should do in a week, rest time etc..?

Secondly i also got a bullworker bar for myself that i want to use for muscle building since i dont have time for proper gym workouts.

Would be grateful if you could tell me an exercise plan that i could start following now.

And will it be the right time for me to start exercising now (post dengue recovery )or should i wait some more time.

Thanks once again.

Nev

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Hello Nev

It is HELL when we get sick! I got sick about 5 years ago. After 3 months, I went back to the gym and exercised for 5 minutes. I was totally EXHAUSTED. I thought I was ruined. It took me 5 months to get back into my normal shape. What I did was; listen to my body. If I could not exercise, I did not mentally beat myself up. You do the same; take it slow and listen to your body.

For now, do the pushups one day. And then do the bullwork bar a few days later. Only for a few minutes for each exercise. Rest and recovery is where your body gets stronger, not during the exercising. As you feel better and stronger, slowly increase what you are doing.

Glad you are better now. Hope this helps.

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Ask this! - Why do all the self-help books, the exercise books, the weightlifting books, and the weight-lifting magazines - are written by (mostly) guys who are in fantastic (photo enhanced) physical shape who are in their 20's and 30's in age, telling all of us how "we" can look like them, if ONLY we forget we have jobs, families, many physical limitations, daily life responsibilities, and especially NO TIME to go to the gym every day, only by the time they reach age 40-50, or older, we never see, or hear from them - ever again?

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OK, now I am 62-YEARS-OLD. Retired at age 60! I have been lifting weights for 28 years. I have learned 'first-hand' which exercises work, which do not. Exercises that you do NOT need to attend a gym to achieve, exercises that you will use very minimal equipment, and exercises for people with limitations such as sickness, age, and/or injuries. I can especially tell you which exercise machine you see in magazines or on tv; REALLY work. I have tried most everything myself.

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I have a business degree. For exercise, taught me to keep good diaries on what exercises I am doing.

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