When it comes to working muscles that make a difference in how our metabolism functions, shoulders are often neglected. What a lot of people don’t realize is that by doing many exercises that work the shoulders, we also work other important muscles, including the triceps, biceps and numerous muscles throughout the back.
Countless hours spent hunched over a computer or behind the wheel of a car can take a toll on how the shoulder joint operates. When we don’t take the time to loosen up this all-important joint and increase strength, we’re much more prone to injury!
The next time you’re looking for a workout that aims at the muscles in your upper body, forget the bicep curls and focus on your shoulders instead!
Here are three shoulder exercises that increase tone and function.
1. Side Plank
We all know planks are amazing for our abs, but they also work wonders for our shoulders. This is especially true of the side plank.
Start with your palm firmly planted on the ground and your feet stacked upon one another, staggered slightly. Push yourself up, extend the opposite arm up towards the sky and hold for 30 seconds.
Carefully relax to your starting position and switch sides. Repeat holding on your right and left sides a total of three times.
2. Shoulder Press
Get a moderate to heavy weight. Hold the weights with your forearms pointed up to the sky, and your upper arms parallel to the floor, so your arms make a 90 degree angle at your elbows with your fists in line with your ears. Holding the weights steady, push your arms up to the sky, palms facing forward, so that your arms straighten completely. Then return to the beginning position, with a 90 degree angle at your elbows.
Using a moderate to heavy weight, perform 15 to 18 repetitions. Rest for 30 seconds and repeat two more times.
3. Arm Extension With Lunge
Think the weight of your own arms isn’t enough to make your shoulders sizzle? Think again!
Simply extend your arms straight out to the sides and hold them there as you and lunge forward, bending deeply in the knee, alternating legs, for 30 seconds. Rest for 30 and repeat two more times.
And there you go! Three workouts for sexy shoulders!
Enjoy and good luck!
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