Our shoulders are the most mobile joint in our bodies and because of that, they are also the most unstable. This combination leads to shoulder issues for many people. In fact, I read recently that 67% of the adult population has some sort of shoulder injury. Strengthening and stretching our shoulders is important to their health. But we need to be smart about how we go about doing that. As a personal trainer, I am always conservative with shoulders. Maybe this is my approach because, as a swimmer, I had my share of painful shoulder issues. Even though I am retired from the sport, I am still very cautious with any shoulder exercise.
Here are my guiding principles for developing and maintaining healthy shoulders:
- Lift with lighter weights for more reps.
- Be meticulous with technique.
- Strengthen in all planes of motion since the shoulder can move through all planes of motion.
- Be sure to focus on the rotator cuff muscles which stabilize and support the shoulder. They aren’t as “sexy” as the deltoid, but they can be nasty if you neglect them.
- Incorporate work on the muscles which support the movement of your shoulder blades.
If you are concerned about your shoulder health, give me a call. (Pam at 630-653-8152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) We can help you put together an exercise plan that keeps your shoulders healthy and strong!
When it comes to determining the best shoulder exercises for you to perform, I would hire a personal trainer to design a program for you. Your trainer can help you identify general shoulder exercises to do as well as activity-specific ones. Here is a video of two of my favorite shoulder exercises. (Only do these exercises if you have healthy shoulders. Otherwise, check in with your doctor or medical professional before you start an exercise program.)
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