This video shows how to strengthen the largest muscles of the back and upper body (the latissimus muscles) that are activated any time you pull something such as opening a door, pull your body such as getting out of a vehicle or up stairs open or picking up a sack of groceries. These muscles are also important for being able to sit and stand effectively as they help the torso to stay upright and tall when you sit, walk and generally move in any position when the body isn’t supported such as with a chair or lying in bed. These are also great muscles to work on while you are feeling fatigued as they are large muscles and are very helpful to reduce fatigue, increase energy and improve function.

Important note on resistance band strength training: Resistance bands are widely used for full body strengthening, postural improvement, flexibility, rehabilitation and conditioning. They are portable, versatile and easy to use. The bands we suggest are the only resistance bands endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association called Therabands. These 6-inch wide latex bands come in different, color-coded resistance levels and are also distinguished by the band’s thickness. The progressive resistance system makes it easy to measure progress in achieving fitness or therapy goals. You start out with a band of comfortable resistance. As you use the band, your muscle strength and endurance improve, and exercises become easier to do. When you are ready for more challenge, you move to a more resistant band to increase exercise intensity.

You can purchase Thera-band Resistance Bands by clicking this link.

*As always, please consult with your doctor before starting any exercise routine, especially if you are recovering from surgery. Always go at your own pace and stop if you are experiencing pain or discomfort.