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Shoulder Flexion Exercise

Exercise for Seniors

What this exercise does.

Strengthens shoulder muscles.

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. Raise both arms in front of you (keep them straight and rotate so palms face upward) to shoulder height.

5. Hold position for 1 second.

6. Slowly lower arms to sides. Pause.

7. Repeat 8 to 15 times.

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

Shoulder Flexion Exercise

Extra Exercise Tip: Essential Exercises

There are four main types of exercise and seniors need some of each:

  1. Endurance activities - like walking, swimming, or riding a bike - which build "staying power" and improve the health of the heart and circulatory system.
  2. Strengthening exercises which build muscle tissue and reduce age-related muscle loss.
  3. Stretching exercises to keep the body limber and flexible.
  4. Balance exercises to reduce the chances of a fall.

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