Of all the joints, the most common to have issues is the shoulder. The shoulder joint is not very stable compared to other joints in the body, and it becomes less stable as we age. However, there are exercises you can do to protect your shoulders after turning 50. Shoulders issues, specifically the rotator cuff, are very common among those over 50. Joints start to breakdown and other complications can arise, such as arthritis, which further impair its ability to move properly. Common treatments for shoulder injury are cortisone shots, surgery, and limited activity. It is a good idea for anyone over the age of 50 to adopt a daily exercise routine for shoulder maintenance. A few simple moves can help you stay away from surgery and keep the shoulder healthy. This daily routine is not intended to be vigorous. It is meant to promote blood flow and oxygen delivery in order to keep tissues soft and moving properly. These exercises should be done on a daily basis, and can be done with tubing, cables, or dumbbells while laying on your side. If you have any questions, or want a consultation with a professional, feel free to call, or schedule an appointment online at any of our Bergen County or Passaic County offices in New Jersey. Choose from Glen Rock, Franklin Lakes, Fair Lawn, Ridgewood/Ho-Ho-Kus, and/or Clifton – we make it possible for you to visit any of our offices at your convenience. Exercises for Shoulders After Turning 50 Shoulder External Rotation – 3 sets of 15 rep per side Shoulder Internal Rotation – 3 sets of 15 reps per side You can do both exercises every day or do one per day and alternate. Remember, the point of the exercises is not to tire you out, but just get blood and oxygen into those tissues. Take it slow. Focus on working in the range of motion that you can control.