5-Minute Fitness: Upper Body Workout

These simple moves build the upper-body strength necessary for keeping good posture, doing activities like putting the groceries away, and preventing injuries.


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Chest Flies

Lie on back with knees bent, feet on floor, and arms straight up above your chest. Optional: Hold light weights over chest. You can use dumbbells, cans, or water bottles.

2  Slowly lower arms outward, keeping arms straight, until hands are level with chest.

Pause, then slowly raise arms back to starting position.

Bent Knee Push-up

Kneel on floor or mat with feet together behind you.

2  Bend forward and place hands shoulder-width apart on the floor.

3  Bend elbows, lowering torso until chest almost touches floor.

4  Pause, then push back to start position.

Repetitions: Slowly work up to 2 sets of 8-12 repetitions for each exercise.


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