Like so many women, I used to shy away from upper body exercises as I often felt frustrated by my lack of strength, but there are a few moves which helped convert my thinking and the shoulder press was definitely one of them!
Unfortunately women naturally have less upper body strength (simply because we carry less muscle mass in our upper bodies), but this is exactly why we need to invest the time and effort in strength training. Not only does the shoulder press strengthen and tone many of the major muscle groups, but it’s a functional movement which will help to improve your overall stability and boost your bone strength. Win, win!
- Using a resistance band, stand with your feet hip distance apart.
- Hold one end of the band by the handle, elbow bent at shoulder height, then stand firmly on the other end to keep the band tight.
- Keeping your back straight and core locked in, press the band overhead, extending your arm straight.
- Then, slowly return to the starting position.
- Aim for 3 sets of 10-15 reps each arm.