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Biceps Curl Exercise

Exercise for Seniors

What this exercise does.

Strengthens the front of the upper arm muscles.

How this exercise helps you.

Good strength in your biceps helps you with a multitude of every day tasks, your chores, lifting things, etc. Plus, they look good!

Exercise Instructions

1. Sit in armless chair with your back supported by back of chair.

2. Keep feet flat on floor even with your shoulders.

3. Hold hand weights straight down at your sides, with palms facing inward.

4. Slowly bend one elbow, lifting weight toward chest. (Rotate palm to face shoulder while lifting weight.)

5. Hold position for 1 second.

6. Slowly lower arm to starting position. Pause.

7. Repeat with other arm.

8. Alternate arms until you have done 8 to 15 repetitions with each arm.

9. Rest; then do another set of 8 to 15 alternating repetitions.

Bicep Curl

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