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Shopping on internet 'bad for' your muscles'

By Jane Kirby

Online shopping is ruining people's muscles because it prevents them from carrying home groceries, physiotherapists say.

The internet is stripping shoppers of muscle-strengthening exercises that help keep them healthy into older age, according to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Its poll of more than 2,000 people found 24% of those aged 65 and over do no strengthening activities at all each week.

This puts them at increasing risk of falls and other health problems.

NHS guidelines suggest people do two strengthening sessions a week, such as exercising with weights or lifting and carrying heavy loads such as groceries.

For people aged 65 and over, the sessions can also include activities that involve stepping and jumping, such as dancing.

Professor Karen Middleton from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, said: "Online shopping may be very convenient, but it does mean that we are losing some of the methods that used to exist for strengthening our muscles.

"We're carrying fewer bags home from the supermarket because it arrives at our door."

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