Try this simple exercise to help strengthen your shoulders, chest and arms
The incline bench press is an upper-body strength exercise that targets your chest, shoulders and triceps. The incline also makes itsafer and more joint-friendly for your shoulders- perfect for beginners or if you have injuries.
HOW TO DO IT
• Position your body on an incline bench at a 30-45° angle. Grab a dumbbell in each hand at chest height, palms facing inwards (A).
• Extend your arms upwards as shown, locking your elbows (B).
• Lower in a slow, controlled movement to your chest. Pause, then press up in a straight line.
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ON TEST MULTISPORT WATCHES
H&F’s Fitness editör Sarah Ivory puts the latest breed of sports devices to the test
SUUNTO SPARTAN SPORT WRIST HR GOLD £465; suunto.com
‘I was completely unprepared for how awesome this watch would be. I’d tested the Forerunner 935 and didn’t imagine there’d be a competitor. Yet, here it is. If you’re looking for an incredibly technical stylish watch, there’s no competition – thisis it. It has more than 80 sports modes, including cycling, swimming and (my favourite) trail running. It has mobile phonepush notifications, atouch screen, in-builtwrist heart-rate (HR) monitoring and distance tracker. It fell slightly short with the HR display, and the battery life wasn’t as impressive as the 935. But I’m being pernickety – this watch is amazing.’
GARMIN VIVOACTIVE 3 £279.99; buy.garmin.com
‘The new Vivoactive device is a sports watch masquerading as arm candy.Unlike its predecessors, the square unit is replaced with a traditional watch face that shows how close you are to step and stair goals. A simple swipe to the side accesses the training screens, including 15 pre- loaded sports apps, such as golf, cycling, yoga and paddle boarding. It offers wrist HR and GPS tracking, but this feels as much smart watch as sports watch, as it also monitors stress, connects with your phone messages and lets friends LiveTrack your sports. It also has the new Garmin Pay – which functions like a contactless card – useful for those post-workout errands.’
GARMIN FORERUNNER 935 £469.99; buy.garmin.com
‘Don’t tell my bank manager, but I’d happily splash out on the Garmin 935 – and I’d get the triathlon bundle (£589.99), which comes with a waterproof heart rate (HR) strap for swimming. In my eyes, the hefty price tag is worth it. Let’s start with the variety of sports – running (treadmill or outdoor), biking (indoor or outdoor), hiking, swimming (pool or open water), triathlon, cross-country skiing, paddle sports and more. When exercising, you can easily flick between the pace/distance/HR screens. I love the HR status screen – it’s the clearest HR data display I’ve come across and is measured via an in-built monitor (you only need the HR chest strap for swimming). I also adore the triathlon feature, which transitions from swim to T1, bike, T2 and run with a simple tap of the button – then uploads it as single disciplines to your Strava profile. Plus, the straps come off this device, so you can use it as a GPS tracker on your bike. This watch has so much more to get excited about – live Strava feeds, amazing battery life – I could go on forever!’
FITBIT IONIC £299.99; fitbit.com
‘You can leave your phone at home when working out with the new FitBit Ionic smartwatch, as it syncs with Strava, WhatsApp and Facebook, and your phone’s messages and music library. When H&F’s beauty writer, Yanar, tested the GPS in an open water swim, it tracked laps, duration and calories burned, so it’s suitable for triathlon training. Battery life is impressive – it lasts four days and up to 10 hours with GPS. The updated GPS and heart rate sensor is more accurate than before, with 24-7 resting heart rate tracking. But Yanar’s favourite thing is the payment function – use it to pay for your shopping at contactless payment points!’
POLAR M430 £199.50; polar.com
‘The Polar M430 is predominantly a running watch but it can also track cycling and 100 different sports profiles. It has a wrist- based heart-rate tracker, which functions very well, showing your different heart-rate training zones. In fact, Olympic 1,500m runner Eilish McColgan says she often uses the optical heart-tracking data to determine how hard she’s working. One feature that’s pretty snazzy is the integrated accelerometer (tracks speed and distance for those running indoors) – a handy addition for serious runners. It also boasts an altitude screen, which is particularly useful for those lucky enough to add altitude training to their workout schedule.’
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