- Reviewed by Anthony L. Komaroff, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Health Letter
Your shoulders need to be strong and limber so you can lift groceries, do housework, prepare meals, drive a car, and do other activities necessary to stay independent. Yet shoulder exercises are often overlooked in a workout, perhaps because they seem challenging or time-consuming. "I encourage clients to take a simple approach to shoulder strengthening, with small, easy moves they can fit in their day. Over time, it keeps the shoulders healthy and helps people avoid injuries," says Kevin Crowley, a physical therapist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Here are three ways to make shoulder exercises easier.
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Heidi Godman, Executive Editor, Harvard Health Letter
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Anthony L. Komaroff, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Health Letter
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