- Reviewed by Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
As a kid, showing muscle meant flexing your biceps. This "mirror muscle" (what man hasn't checked out his biceps in the bathroom?) is still important as you age. Strong biceps help with lifting, holding, and carrying heavy objects.
The old-school curl is still the best exercise for building biceps. Use a pair of light dumbbells (about 10 pounds each). You also can use soup cans, full plastic water bottles, or any other easy-to-hold item that feels like an appropriate weight.
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About the Author
Matthew Solan, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch
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Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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