Increase Flexibility with Shoulder Exercise

Shoulder exercise increases flexibility in the muscle group located on your shoulders, generally called the deltoids. These muscles are used when you lift and rotate your arms. They are used for reaching up, pulling down, lifting, holding, pushing, throwing, and almost anything you do with your upper arms. Stretching these muscles will help to prevent injury, increase flexibility, and reduce stiffness in your shoulders. Failure to properly stretch these muscles can lead to a strain (tear) that will result in pain every time you lift your arms.

This exercise for the shoulder is called the Shoulder Rotation. To do this exercise, lie down on your back on the floor (with your head on a pillow, if you'd like), with your legs straight (or your knees drawn up together). Put your upper arms on the floor, directly to the side of your shoulders, and your forearms, hands, and fingers pointed upward. Begin by gently lowering your hands toward your head, until you feel tension. Hold it for the specified amount of time, then bring your hands back up and gently lower them toward your waist, until you feel tension. Hold it for the same amount of time, then bring your hands back up and relax for a few seconds. This is one rep.

Keep These Things in Mind

Don't hold your breath as you perform the stretches. Employ smooth, even motions throughout the exercise; don't jerk or bounce to stretch the muscles. Concentrate upon and try to feel the specific muscles being stretched. Try to relax surrounding muscles as you stretch your shoulders. Remember— anti aging that works requires you to work at anti aging.

Watch this video for further explanation and demonstration of the Shoulder Rotation—


After completing the shoulder exercise, move on to the hip exercises.