May 04,2007 00:00
It only takes one leg to perform this exercise, which works on the deltoids, triceps and balance.
THE MOVES: Alternating overhead dumbbell press while standing on one leg.
WORKS ON: Deltoids, triceps, trunk stabilization, balance.
STEPS: Firm the right leg and raise the left leg just off the ground. When you are steady, slowly press one arm up and return to the starting position. Alternate arms until you have done six repetitions. Without lowering the weights, switch your stance to the other leg and perform six more, alternating repetitions.
REPETITIONS: Perform three sets of 12 repetitions.
PRECAUTIONS: This activity is not intended for someone with poor balance. It is useful to stimulate trunk stabilization and coordination of the upper and lower extremities. Progress slowly with weight increases as they will be magnified in an unstable posture. Make sure the area is clear around you in case you have to drop a weight.
OPTIONS: Once comfortable, you can add challenge by standing on a "balance disc" or any other suitable platform.
Copley News Service