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GOOD FORM

Add a rotation, ease the stress

September 29, 2008|Karen Voight

When performing upper body exercises, remember to play it safe with your shoulders by adding a simple rotation to front raises. This will reduce any undue stress on your neck and shoulders while still allowing you to reap all the benefits.

-- Karen Voight

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1 Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your knees slightly bent. Hold a dumbbell in each hand and begin with your arms down, palms facing your thighs. Inhale, lift your chest and pull your abdominals in to support your spine.

2 On an exhale, rotate your arms and raise them directly in front of your shoulders with palms turned up at shoulder height. Pause for 2 seconds. Lower your arms, turning your palms down to face your thighs. Repeat 10 to 12 times, rest 15 seconds and then repeat for two additional sets.

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Karen Voight can be reached at kvoightla@aol.com.

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