- Reviewed by Christopher P. Cannon, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Heart Letter; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing
Using stretchy bands (known as exercise bands or resistance bands) can be a good way to ease into strength training. This simple exercise targets the large, flat muscle that stretches across the middle and lower back (the latissimus dorsi) and the large muscles on the front of the upper arms (the biceps).
Starting position (A): Stand tall with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Hold a band overhead with your arms extended and your hands about 12 to 18 inches apart.
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About the Author
Julie Corliss, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter
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Christopher P. Cannon, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Heart Letter; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing
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