The shoulder is the most moveable and unstable joint in the body so it is important to keep the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the area in shape. The last thing you want is to injury your shoulder because your dog pulled just a bit too hard on your walk. Here is a list of a few good shoulder workouts to help maintain your activities.
Dumbbell Shoulder Press: This is one of the most common shoulder workouts. Start by sitting on a bench or if you want a little more challenge a balance ball. Keep both feet on the ground. Hold dumbbells in each hands on either side of your head, palms facing outwards and elbows at a 90 degree angle. Raise the dumbbells up, keeping them slightly in front of your head, until they bump above you. Keep your arms straight as possible but do not lock your elbows. Slowly bring your arms back down to the starting position. This workout works the internal rotation of your shoulder,, but also benefits your triceps, biceps, abdominal and back muscles.
Dumbbell Lateral Raises: Another shoulder workout your frequently see. Start by standing with your feet slightly apart, keeping your back straight and your arms hanging at your side. Hold a dumbbell in each hand facing inwards. Keeping your arms straight with your elbows slightly bent, exhale and raise the dumbbells out away from your body until they are about shoulder level. Inhale while slowly return them back to your side. Be sure to keep the momentum of your arms coming down take over. Keep things slow and controlled. The major muscle used is your lateral deltoid on the side of your shoulder as well as assist with the external rotation of your shoulder.
Standing Dumbbell Up Row: A final shoulder workout you can perform is this dumbbell workout. Again, hold a dumbbell in each hand, hands forward, held in front of you at about your thighs. Your arms should be extended with a slight bend at the elbows. Keep your back straight. Exhale while you pull your hands up your body until the dumbbells nearly touch your chin. Drive with your shoulders, keeping your elbows higher than your forearms. When you get to the top of the motion, pause for a second. Inhale as you lower your hands back down to the starting position. This shoulder workout will work your traps, lats and back muscles.