How do I do lateral side-raises?

Wendy Batts
When performing a lateral side-raise exercise, you want to first choose a weight that you want to use. Because your shoulder complex is made up of small muscles that stabilize this mobile joint, you want to keep the weight somewhat light to avoid stress on the joint. Next, stand with your feet hip width apart, pointed straight ahead. Be sure to draw-in your belly button and hold a dumbbell in each hand with your arms at side of body. Next, raise both arms straight out to the side to shoulder height. Be sure that you do not shrug your shoulders or arch your back. Pause at the top and then return arms to side of body. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Standing with your feet together, place an exercise band under the arches of your feet and hold the handles of your resistance band. With your hands at your sides and your palms facing down, lift your arms straight out to your sides 25 times. The slower you raise and lower your arms, the more you work your muscles. Tip: Always lead with your elbows -- not your wrists -- to prevent injury. To make it harder: After finishing the set, lift your arms straight one more time, and hold for 30 seconds.

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