Strengthen your chest and retain your range of motion in your upper torso with a few key moves.
Chest-and-Arm StretchChest and arms tight? Get a great stretch and improve posture with this chest-and-arm stretch exercise. Stretch slowly, just until you feel a gentle stretch in your muscles. Gradually increase the depth of the stretch over time.
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Reverse Fly With Resistance Band
This reverse fly is a challenging but effective way to strengthen your upper back, shoulder and arm muscles.
Row With Resistance Band
This row exercise with resistance band is an excellent way to strengthen your shoulders, chest and back and improve your posture.
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- Stretch just until you feel gentle pulling in your muscles, then hold the stretch.
- The stretch shouldn’t be painful.
- Stretch gently and smoothly. Do not bounce.
- Breathe naturally as you hold the stretch. Don’t hold your breath.
- Repeat stretches as needed, slowly increasing their depth over time.
- Use a resistance band or tube with foam handles. They’re easier to grip.
- Or add foam pipe insulation to bands or tubes to create handles.
- Handles not an option? Opt for resistance tubes. They’re gentler on hands.
- Resistance tubes and bands come in many lengths and resistance levels. Don’t rely on their color to gauge these factors. Manufacturers use different colors to indicate them.
- Try different ones to find the best fit.
- The last few reps in a set should be difficult, but not impossible.