New Year’s Challenge: Give Your Upper Body Some TLC

By the Editors of SilverSneakers |

Build strength and range of motion in your upper body! These bodyweight moves will help you keep your mobility and flexibility right where they should be.

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Part of healthy aging and maintaining mobility is making sure you also focus on your range of motion. Losing flexibility in your shoulders might cause limitations that have a negative impact on essential daily activities, such as bathing and dressing.

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How to Use the 3-Minute Arm & Shoulder Workout

In today’s video, SilverSneakers LIVE trainer Shannon Thigpen guides you through some easy arm and shoulder exercises you can do at home or in the gym. In just a few minutes and with only a few key moves, you’ll have what you need to gain a better range of motion.

You can do these exercises standing or seated. Try mixing them into one of your daily fitness sessions or use them as a movement break if you’ve been sitting or driving for a while.

As always, safety is key. Get your doctor’s OK before beginning any new exercise program. If you have a chronic condition (including osteoporosis), balance issues, or injuries, talk to your doctor about how you can exercise safely.

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