Strong shoulders not only look good, but they help hold your body tall and aid in proper posture. Their health and strength is imperative to our daily needs. Most upper body moves have some positive effect on our shoulder region but direct exercises have the best results.

Our move today is a front resistance band raise. You will need a light to medium band. This move focuses on the front portion of the shoulder. It will also work your chest and upper back. Proper form is imperative for flexibility and functionality, and safety also.

Begin this move by standing tall and gripping the resistance band in the hand that you will use first. Loop the band under one or both feet, depending on the level of resistance you desire. Roll the shoulders back and down, and engage the core.

Extend your starting arm out in front of your body keeping the elbow slightly soft. Palms facing down, proceed to lift the arm to shoulder level, or as close as you can. Once you reach your fullest amount of resistance, return the arm to starting position.

Continue this lift and lower movement for at least 10 times then repeat with other arm.

Keep these sets moving, alternating back and forth after each set, giving yourself three to five sets on each side.

This angle of resistance will be working your shoulder region slightly different than most upper body moves and can be slightly awkward at times. Keep the resistance light and correct form is a must.

This shoulder raise is great for any combination of upper body exercises, and good on its own for target work.

— Marlo Alleva, an instructor at Gold’s Gym and group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA, can be reached at faluvzpa@msn.com.