This video exercise strengthens upper chest muscles and the back of the upper arm.  The chest muscles (pectorals) are the largest muscles on the front of the upper body and often lose strength due to the body spending more time in a forward or slouching posture and lying down. These muscles often become tight and contribute to tight shoulders as well. These muscles are the primary ones that work any time you use your body or arms in a pushing motion such as moving from lying down on the couch to a seated position. They also are used to move and contract your arm such as when you lift a child up or give a hug to someone.

**make sure the back of your chair is tall enough so the band doesn’t pop off. Alternatively you can just wrap the band around your torso. Note that if you have had surgery or radiation in the chest area your skin may be extra sensitive and you may need to skip this exercise.

Important note on resistance band strength training: Resistance bands are widely used for full body strengthening, postural improvement, 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.