When it comes to exercise, the upper back is often overlooked. But it shouldn’t be! Especially for people who spend most of the day sitting. Maintaining a strong upper back can promote better posture, help prevent back pain and injury, and improve your mobility.
Thankfully there are plenty of exercises you can start doing now that will help strengthen your upper back. Better yet, most of these exercises require very little equipment which means you can do them at home. Let’s explore these 10 senior exercises that help strengthen your upper back. Don’t forget to speak with your doctor before starting a new workout regimen.
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Wide Bent-Over Row
This exercise will target your lats, delts, and core. Your lats help protect and stabilize your spine while your delts are responsible for lifting your arms and giving your arms its range of motion. Targeting these muscles will help increase the strength in your upper back.
To get started, stand with your feet hip-width apart and maintain a slight bend in your knees. Next, bend at the hips and lean your chest forward until it is parallel with the ground. It’s important to ensure your core is engaged and maintain a straight back (you don’t want to hunch over).
Next, allow your arms to hang down and keep your palms facing your body. Next, bring your elbows up and out while squeezing your shoulder blades together. Release your arms back down and then try to repeat for 10 repetitions. Start by performing this exercise without weights and then add weights when you feel ready and comfortable.