If you suffer from tight shoulders, want some more stabilization in the shoulder area, or develop better posture, using a resistance band to do some simple exercises can help strengthen those muscles. This is beneficial if you tend to sit all day long, or even just to have better strength and posture during your day-to-day activities.
In this video, Point Performance physical therapist Lealah Fremuth, DPT, demonstrates two exercises. The first has the elbows locked in at the side. Make sure the shoulders are relaxed and that the head is not tilted forward. The head and shoulders should be aligned and the chin tucked in. Draw the band out and feel the shoulders blades pinch together in back. Repeat about 20 times.
In the second exercise, you’ll extend your arms straight out in front of you and do the same exercise, except you’ll pull the band straight across. Make sure your shoulders do not shrug upwards during this movement.