Denise Austin shows you three exercises to help keep your shoulders strong and healthy. Try these moves three to four times a week or every day if you can.
Stand up tall, with knees slightly bent to protect your back. Make fists with your hands and bend your arms right in front of you. Keeping arms bent, raise your arms up to shoulder level, and then bring them back down. Complete 10 times. Relax and repeat.
Single Arm Row
This strengthens the back of your shoulders, to help improve posture. All you need is a chair and a weight. Grab the weight in one hand, then bend down and place your opposite hand on the chair to support your spine. Bend your knees slightly. Keeping your back strong and straight, bring your elbow up and back down. Do 10 with one arm, and then switch arms. Relax and repeat.
Rotator Cuff Strengthener
This move strengthens the entire shoulder girdle and helps improve your posture. Bend your arms right in front of you, with your palms facing up. Keeping your elbows close to your waistline, bring your hands back as far as you can go, then bring them forward. Complete 10 times. Relax and repeat.
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