Day 28: Overhead press

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TheĀ overhead press is used to improve strength in triceps and shoulders. This exercise works best when done with weights. The author recommends that you do not use a weight that is too heavy for you. If you can't do 10 repetitions of this exercise, you should use a lighter weight. Also, Dr. Berntson suggests that you use one-piece dumbbells, not the kind with removable plates.

Step 1: Sit up straight and place your feet flat on the floor.

Step 2: Grasp a pair of dumbbells and raise them up to your shoulders, palms facing forward.

Step 3: Raise the weights above your head by straightening your arms.

Step 4: Bring the weights together so that they touch each other over your head.

Step 5: Gently lower the weights back down to the level of your shoulders.

Repeat for a total for 10-15 repetitions.

If you have never done this exercise before, your arms may feel fairly wobbly and uncoordinated. This is normal and will go away if you continue doing this exercise for a couple of weeks.

Reprinted from Deskercise! The Workplace Workout, by Dr. Todd M. Berntson

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