Exercising both our lower and upper bodies is a crucial aspect of a balanced workout. Whether it’s carrying a purse, backpack, groceries or children, countless everyday activities require upper body strength. Here are two exercises to strengthen our shoulders, chest, and triceps.
Side Arm Weight Lift
With one weight in each hand, stand with both feet shoulder-width apart and both arms down at your side, palms facing inward. Now, raise both arms and lift the weights out to your sides with your palms facing down. Bring them back down to your sides, palms facing inward and repeat for 10 reps.
Stand facing a wall at arms-length away, hands on the wall slightly farther apart than shoulder-width. Slowly bend your elbows as you bring your body closer to the wall, leading with your chest. When you near the wall, slowly bring yourself back to the starting position. Complete one set of 10 repetitions.
Once you master your form and feel comfortable performing push-ups on a wall, then transfer them to the floor. If desired, begin by doing them on your knees instead of with both legs fully extended.
As we begin to expand our workout to include your upper body, be sure to check in with yourself and take note of any points of strain. Not only is improved fitness the path towards better health, it’s also an opportunity to get in touch with your body. Let’s be sure to keep this in mind as we enter the fourth week of your workout and engage more and more of the body.Stay tuned for next week’s step towards creating a balanced, effective workout! We’d love to hear what some of your go-to upper-body workouts are. Share your favorites @orberausa