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brettinaboxbrettinabox Member Posts: 6 Member Member Posts: 6 Member
So I currently am pretty underweight and trying to build up some strength throughout the body starting with my core muscles. If you have any no stress or likewise physical therapy related exercises or resources to help gain muscle without stressing the body, I would very much appreciate it!!

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  • claireychn074claireychn074 Member, Premium Posts: 465 Member Member, Premium Posts: 465 Member
    Can you clarify exactly what you mean by no stress workouts? Do you mean no mental stress or no physical stress? As all exercise is physical stress... are you looking for chilled, relaxing stuff?
  • wiigelecwiigelec Member Posts: 481 Member Member Posts: 481 Member
    The body requires a stressor to disrupt homeostasis and signal it to build muscle.

    Generally it would be extremely unlikely to build muscle without stressing the body.
    edited April 28
  • ChieflrgChieflrg Member Posts: 8,818 Member Member Posts: 8,818 Member
    So I currently am pretty underweight and trying to build up some strength throughout the body starting with my core muscles. If you have any no stress or likewise physical therapy related exercises or resources to help gain muscle without stressing the body, I would very much appreciate it!!

    There us useful stress and un-useful stress.

    To achieve a strength and/or hypertrophy response...

    We must achieve adequate useful stress to our muscles.
    edited April 28
  • ChieflrgChieflrg Member Posts: 8,818 Member Member Posts: 8,818 Member
    wiigelec wrote: »
    The body requires a stressor to disrupt homeostasis and signal it to build muscle.

    Generally it would be extremely unlikely to build muscle without stressing the body.

    *impossible :wink:
  • brettinaboxbrettinabox Member Posts: 6 Member Member Posts: 6 Member
    By no stress I mean without putting alot of strain on the body that might result in hurting myself. I bought some resistance bands because I felt that would be a better alternative than weights or something that was too heavy.
  • Theoldguy1Theoldguy1 Member Posts: 1,794 Member Member Posts: 1,794 Member
    One of the best ways to build strength, especially core strength is to pick up, put down and carry heavy (for you) things. Get a couple gym bags, suitcases, etc. and fill them with books rocks, sand, etc. to an appropriate weight. Pick up and carry until you get tired. Put them down, rest and and repeat. Increase distance, and/or weight carried as you get stronger.
  • DoubleG2DoubleG2 Member Posts: 52 Member Member Posts: 52 Member
    Why only core and not full body?
  • kenyonhaffkenyonhaff Member Posts: 1,356 Member Member Posts: 1,356 Member
    You may want to start with yoga. But you'll need to be careful about the type of yoga, because yoga isn't just one type or level or approach.

    You can get a lot of strength from a yoga, using just your body and a few props like blocks and blankets.
  • chocolate_owlchocolate_owl Member Posts: 1,623 Member Member Posts: 1,623 Member
    By no stress I mean without putting alot of strain on the body that might result in hurting myself. I bought some resistance bands because I felt that would be a better alternative than weights or something that was too heavy.

    You can start to develop strength with resistance bands or body weight disciplines like Pilates, but you're not going to build significant muscle without progressive overload. There are body-weight programs (You Are Your Own Gym, Convict Conditioning) that will help you do that, but they're not exactly "no-stress."

    What is your fear of weights, exactly? Is there more than just being underweight that puts you at risk of injury?
  • usmcmpusmcmp Member, Premium Posts: 21,292 Member Member, Premium Posts: 21,292 Member
    By no stress I mean without putting alot of strain on the body that might result in hurting myself. I bought some resistance bands because I felt that would be a better alternative than weights or something that was too heavy.

    You can hurt yourself with bands too. It's not the item you are using, it's how you use it. My suggestion would be to look at the thread with various lifting programs and pick one that appeals to you. Most don't tell you to use specific weights, so you start where you can. If that's using machines with no weight selected or 5 pound dumbbells instead of a barbell, do that. When I started I couldn't even bench press the barbell.
  • ChieflrgChieflrg Member Posts: 8,818 Member Member Posts: 8,818 Member
    By no stress I mean without putting alot of strain on the body that might result in hurting myself. I bought some resistance bands because I felt that would be a better alternative than weights or something that was too heavy.

    I understand what you mean 😉.

    If you want to gain muscle as you have stated, you will need more useful stress than resistance bands within a well written program.

    You are correct to want to manage the load of stress your body will accumulate not just over one session but combinations of sessions.

    So it's not the weight itself to be concerned about, but the intensity/volume your body is adapted to.

    We are incredible human beings and adapt extremely well. It's our nature. Limiting yourself to bands only is governing your ability to achieve your goal. I encourage you seek ways to achieve stimulus that your body will respond to under the right conditions.
    edited April 28
  • wi1234567890wi1234567890 Member Posts: 23 Member Member Posts: 23 Member
    You can get a poster with resistance band exercises. Place it on your wall and every day choose two exercises - one upper body and one lower body. Vary which exercises you choose from one day to the next. Add a daily walk and a few planks throughout the day. As you get stronger you’ll gain more confidence and you’ll feel more comfortable tackling more intense workouts.
    It’s ok to start to slow but do try to progress instead of feeling stuck.
  • ninerbuffninerbuff Member, Greeter Posts: 44,846 Member Member, Greeter Posts: 44,846 Member
    So I currently am pretty underweight and trying to build up some strength throughout the body starting with my core muscles. If you have any no stress or likewise physical therapy related exercises or resources to help gain muscle without stressing the body, I would very much appreciate it!!
    Well you CAN'T gain muscle WITHOUT stressing the body. Muscle, bone, healing etc. go through repair AFTER STRESS related stimuli on them.

    What is you issue? Do you have an autoimmune issue?


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