Exercise of the Week–Arm Circles

This exercise is really a warm up, but it is important to gently work your shoulders because they are the location of so much tension for us throughout the day and when we exercise.  This is a great one to try twice a day–first thing in the morning and right before bed.

Here’s how you do it:
  • Sit up tall, lengthening through the ears.   Cross your legs so that your hamstrings aren’t tense and you can completely focus on the shoulders.  You arms should be down at your sides.
  • Inhale: Lift your arms up bringing your arms out in front of you continuing the motion until your fingertips point up toward the ceiling, palms facing each other.
  • Exhale:  Turn you palms away from each other and slide your arms back down to your sides like you are making a snow angel.
  • Repeat 5 times
Now it is time to reverse it:
  • Still sitting up tall
  • Inhale: Make the snow angel motion with your arms moving from your sides to beside you ears.  This time your palms should be facing the ceiling.
  • Exhale:  Your palms are already facing each other, so just slide your arms down in front of you until they are beside you.
  • Repeat 5 times.
Notes:  Focus on the breath and the shoulders.  Try and keep the shoulders relaxed, not tense.  The movement should loosen you up and the breath should revitalize you.  You can do this as an office Pilates too.  Just stand up if you normally sit down all day or sit if you normally stand.

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Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.

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