Strengthening Exercises: Upper Extremity Exercises

Anterior Arm Lift

"Forward Arm Lifts"

  1. Stand with arms at side (holding weights if applicable)
  2. Raise arm(s) up to shoulder level
  3. Slowly lower
  4. Repeat 10 times

"Thumbing a Ride"

  1. Begin with arm resting across lap as shown
  2. Open your hand, turn out, and lift up and out
  3. Close your hand, turn in, and pull down to starting position
  4. Eyes on your hand
  5. Breathe in as you lift your arm
  6. Breathe out as you lower your arm
  7. Perform 3 – 5 times slowly on each arm
Before initiating any exercise program, consult with your physician and or physical therapist.