Staying physically active is an important part of staying healthy, but the exercises you choose need to be appropriate for your ability and skill level. Because we want to offer support to as many groups as possible, we’re working with the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities to provide content that considers a variety of ability levels, including those who might have a disability. This week’s practice concentrates on building muscle strength in the upper body.
This seated shoulder press focuses on your shoulders, but also works out your triceps, trapezius and rotator cuffs.
Here are the basic steps:
- Sit on a bench or chair while holding a dumbbell in each hand. It’s recommended that the seat have back support so that your back stays straight. Keep your feet hip-width apart and flat on the floor.
- Hold the dumbbells at the same level as your ears. Your elbows should be bent at 90˚ and your upper arms should be parallel to the floor.
- Push the dumbbells up until your arms are extended and the weights touch slightly directly over your head.
- Lower the dumbbells back to ear level.
- Continue the repetitions.
This exercise will not only help you gain muscle strength, but also improve stability in your shoulders, arms and core. You’ll also have a better chance of avoiding injuries during athletic activities.
Don’t be afraid to give seated shoulder presses a shot this Monday, as they can really help build strength in your upper body.
These materials are designed for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a qualified health professional before making changes to your current diet, exercise or health regimen.