Get Your Shoulders Toned In a Week By These 10 Exercises

Keeping your shoulders toned can help improve your body image as well as make lugging grocery bags much easier. As with any exercise, a form is key. If you find yourself straining to maintain control of the movement, you should lower the amount of weight you are using. The number of repetitions in your sets is up to you; you want to push yourself, but your don’t want to hurt yourself. Listen to your body.

Get Muscled and Toned Shoulders

These fun, easy exercises can be done in many variations depending on your skill level as well as the equipment at your disposal. Not having weights is NOT an excuse to avoid working out.

Chest Fly

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Lay down with your arms straight out at your sides. If you don’t have weights, substitute something like soup cans. Bend your elbows slightly and slowly lift until your hands meet over your chest. Lower arms to the ground and repeat.

Overhead Triceps Extensions

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Put your arms straight up over your head. Bend your arms so that your hands reach toward the back of your neck then straighten your forearm back up over your head.

Bent Over Rows

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Bend at the waist. Put your arms out in front of your chest then extend them out to the side so that you look like a bird flying. You should feel this exercise in your shoulders and triceps.

Shoulder Cycles

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This is a great exercise for your whole upper body. Stand with your arms at your sides. Raise your arms so they reach a 90-degree angle with the ground. No cheating. Hold there for a few seconds then lower your arms back to your sides.

Push Press

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Lay on your stomach with your hands by your shoulders and your legs straight. Push yourself up so your arms and legs are straight.

Alternating Lateral Raise

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Start with your arms down at your sides. Raise them straight out to the side like the flying bird. Hold for a few seconds then lowers your hands to the front of your thighs. Not done yet. Raise your arms straight up in front of you. Hold for a few counts then lower.

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Upright Row

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Stand with your hands on the front of your thighs. Bend your arms up until your hands reach your chest. Lower hands back to your thighs and repeat.

Ball Pulls

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Lay with your ankles on a stability ball. Raise your hips and pull your ankles toward you, taking the ball with them. This a great core exercise for balance and control. It will also help stretch the muscle groups in your upper body.

Pull Overs with Dumbbells

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Lay with your arms straight over your chest. Slowly lower them over your head without letting your hands touch the ground. Raise your arms back up over your chest.

Shoulder Shrugs

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Stand with your hands at your sides. Pull your shoulders to your ears while tensing the muscles in your upper body. Hold for a few seconds, then release. This is a great toning exercise.

These simple exercises done every day will yield great results. You can even do them while watching television.

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