Shoulders

Adding strength to your shoulder muscles has numerous benefits. By adding strength-training to your shoulders you help your posture, make your body structure more sturdy and stable, and help the muscles around your shoulder joint, which is one of the most delicate joints. The shoulder joint is what allows you a range of movement, like doing arm circles. It will also help improve your golf game by increasing motion so you can easily swing a golf club.

The Underrated Muscle Group

The shoulders perform critical functions, and their maintenance is essential for both a well-rounded physique and fitness. The anterior deltoid, lateral deltoid, and posterior deltoid all need to be able to work together so you can balance your symmetry and prevent plateaus. Strengthening is not just about increasing the size of your deltoids, but keeping your body finely tuned. Weak muscles around the joint make you more susceptible to injury. Poor shoulder flexibility can not only impair movement, but without the strength for proper mobility the joint is more vulnerable to bursitis and tendonitis. The shoulder is an amazing joint with a set of complex muscles, and strengthening it regularly will keep it mobile and stable. Both competitive and recreational athletes need to add shoulder-strengthening exercises to their routine. Athletes who use their rotator cuff the most in “overhead” sports such as swimming, volleyball, and softball need to keep their shoulders well-conditioned not just to be effective in their sport, but to help stay injury-free. Most exercises are simple and can be found online with step-by-step instructions. You don’t even need gym machines, just a dumbbell that you can hold in your hand with your arm at your side, then slowly raise up to a 45 degree angle.

Why It's Important To Work Out Your Shoulders

For some reason, shoulders seem to get neglected in most people's workouts. It's not that surprising considering we don't think them to be a highly necessary muscle to perform the activities we want to improve. For example: we work out our arms and back so we can lift more, our legs so we can run faster and jump higher, but our shoulders don't seem to do much for us. And that's where most people are wrong. Shoulders are extremely crucial to performing daily activities, you just don't realize it.

The shoulder joint is the location from which most arm movements are performed, and to keep it working correctly, your muscles need to have strong and flexible. Think about it: how many times even now have you moved your arm over to grab your mouse and scroll down this page? Probably several without even realizing it. But movements like that are only the tip of the iceberg. Any activities that involve pushing or lifting in your day-to-day routine start with your shoulders. So strengthening them can help you push more, lift more, and even increase your posture, which in turn can lead to things like decreased chance of back injury. Don't forget that the next time you're in the gym.

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