5 Exercises to Work Your Whole Body in Only 15 Minutes
Sports physiologist Mike Bracko, a spokesperson for the American College of Sports Medicine, prescribes these "exercise vitamins."
By Elisabeth Svoboda
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the May 2005 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
Hold a two- to five-pound weight in one hand (a large can of soup will work), letting it rest near your thigh, then place the other hand on the seat of a chair in front of you and lean forward, knees slightly bent. Bend your elbow and lift the weight up toward your armpit, then lower it back down. This strengthens arm, shoulder, and midback muscles and helps combat osteoporosis-related bone-density loss by stimulating vertebral bone cell growth.
Daily dose: One or two sets of 10 on each side.