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Fitness Saturday: Healthy Shoulders — Relaxed, Stable, and Strong

3. Alternating Arm Half-Circles: From standing, start with your arms by your sides with a slight bend in the elbows. Lift one arm forward to shoulder height then open it around to the side and down. Repeat with the other arm. Do five half-circles with each arm. Then reverse the half-circles, again doing five with each arm. This exercise can be done with or without light dumbbells.

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4. Overhead Presses: Holding light dumbbells, bend your arms and bring the weights to where they are level with your ears. Press your arms up toward the ceiling, but not to where you lock your arms straight, then bend your arms to bring the weights back down to ear level. Perform the overhead presses 10 times. Rest and, if it was too easy, repeat with heavier weights. Note: If pressing your arms overhead isn’t comfortable, do alternating front dumbbell raises to just shoulder height instead.

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  • Jenny November 14, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    While watching the videos I was doing these exercises and they really helped. I have a really stressful job and it is only lately that I have begun to realize that I keep a lot of tension in my shoulders. These exercises help me to relax. I was overweight a few years ago so I know the effects that stress can have on your body I lost 65 pounds and you could read it on my blog here http://musclehabit.com/my-story-2/. Stress in any part of your body can really mess with you mentally. Thanks for the great exercises.

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