Go Red Stretching and Band Exercises

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To change the alarming statistics about heart disease in women, UW Health Heart and Vascular Care has joined the American Heart Association as its exclusive Madison-area partner to encourage more women to "Go Red" for their own heart health.


Exercise plays a big role in heart health for women. To that end, UW Health is publishing a series of simple stretching and band exercises that anyone can do in the comfort of their homes. All you need is a little space, an exercise band, a chair (for a few of the exercises) and the motivation to live a heart-healthy lifestyle.


Band Exercise and Stretching PDF


Open the PDF file below for stretching and band exercises.

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Go Red for Women Stretching and Band Exercises (PDF)


The seated shoulder press, shown below, is an example of a band exercise.


Seated Shoulder Press

  • Sit tall in a chair
  • Sit on the band, or for more resistance, place band under the seat of the chair, or your feet
  • Holding each end of the band, bring hands up near your shoulders with palms facing forward and elbows pointing down
  • Press arms upward to straighten, keeping a slight bend in the elbows
  • Slowly lower down to shoulders/starting position



Go Red for Women exercises: seated shoulder press 



UW Health Go Red for Women exercises: seated shoulder press