Swan Lifts

Improves shoulder strength. Can help with everyday activities.

This exercise mimics the motion of a swan’s wings. Start with ten slow, gentle lifts.


  • Make this easier

    • Reduce the range of motion.
    • Decrease duration (do the exercise slightly faster).
  • Harder

    • Increase the range of movement where possible.
    • Do the exercise more slowly.


Step 1

Start with your arms by your sides, wrists relaxed, palms facing your body.

Step 2

Raise your arms above your head in a swan-like motion (imagine a ballet dancer!).

Step 3

Once your arms have reached a comfortable level, return them slowly to the starting position.

Please note.

If you suffer from COPD, please do not have your hands above your head for more than 3 seconds.