Arm Workout for Seniors and the Elderly

Overhead Elbow Extension

Arm workout exercises for seniors and the elderly like the overhead elbow extension will add strength to your upper arm and shoulder. This can be very important for overhead reaching activities.

Have you noticed that often used items in your cupboard get lower as we age? You can help increase your reaching ability with this upper body exercise.This exercise can be fatiguing to some seniors.

Try a lighter weight when beginning this exercises to avoid too much strain on the shoulder muscles.

Purpose of this exercise

Strengthens your upper arm muscles. Improves your ability to lift your arms above your shoulders when reaching high to a shelf

Step 1

Hold the weight in your hand. Position your arm overhead.


Step 2

Straighten out your arm toward the ceiling. Return to the start position and repeat 10 times.



Inhale during the upward movement phase. Exhale during the downward movement phase.


Do not hold your breath. Support your exercising arm by holding at the elbow. If your back feels strained, sit in a chair with good back support.

Take it up a notch

Try this exercise standing up to work on your balance. Use an elastic band for a more thorough workout at the end of your range.

How to do Overhead Elbow Extension

How to do Overhead Elbow Extension

More Upper Body Strengthening

1. Bicep Curls

2. Overhead Elbow Extension

3. Triceps Kickbacks

4. Diagonal Inward Shoulder Raise

5.Diagonal Outward Shoulder Raise

6. Shoulder Rolls

7. Overhead Press

8. Shoulder Press Lying Down

9. Upright Rows

10. Bent Over Rows

11. Side Shoulder Raises

12. Elbow Side Extensions

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