Arm Exercises– Its Harder Than I Thought

My baseline measurement  for  my upper arm was 10 1/2 inches.  And more than a month later  I clock in at — wait for it–   10 1/2 inches.  Not because the exercise program failed to work, but I failed to keep  it up.  While working out alone at home is certainly convenient, its also  way too easy to skip and forget.  There are no triggers  like a class to  attend  to remind me to exercise.  And when I do exercise I’m pretty certain that  I’m not really doing the movements properly.  I still keep clunking myself on the head with  the weights, especially when I lift  them backwards over my head.  After most  workouts my back is burning and I feel achey  for several days.  I’ve had disk problems … Continue Reading…

Flabby Arms– My First Workout

Finally an exercise video that excites  a couch potato like  me. LA based trainer Jackie Warner has a workout DVD ( One-On One Training with Jackie) that includes a 2o minute upper body workout. After watching it curled up in a chair, I actually got up, grabbed  my 3 pound handweights and joined in.   It starts with a short  but targeted warm-up rather than a looong  warm-ups seen in other exercise programs.   The Warner warm-up  focused on the upper body, stretching  and activating the arms and shoulders.

Warner clearly explains which exercise does what.  The movements are straight forward and even I could follow along.    Rather than the traditional 3 sets of 10 reps,  Warner does each exercise for about a minute — about a total of 45-60 reps.  Its the same number as … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

This week the host of Fashion Flash is Jackie of Aging Backwards.  This big site covers  a wide range of alternative health  issues including  nutrition, beauty, and medical problems.  You will love her spirit and energy  and  learn, as I have, to value her advice.  

Jackie is passionate about exercise and is constantly urging me to join  her gym.  I’m not quite there yet, but I’ve started exploring exercise videos to firm up my arms.  I found a  Marie Winsor Plilates video at a chruch tag sale.  I had seen Winsor Pilates infomercials on TV and at 50 cents for the VHS tape, it  looked  like a deal too good to pass up.  I also liked the fact  the Marie Winsor was over 40 and hoped she  would offer a workout with age … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

This week the host of Fashion Flash is Geri of Fab Over Fifty. I think that  maybe the best way to describe this great site is to think of it as the Huff Po for women.  It covers  so  much ground — fashion,  finances, health, beauty, family issues and relationships  in  dynamic and always  changing  features.  One of my favorites is the feature “Hot or Not”? It features a photo of a FOF (their term for  Fabulous Over Fifty women) ) in a dramatic outfit.  Then she has  3-4 stylists comment  on the look.  This week the look  is red framed eye glasses ( always good), a huge red plastic necklace, a droopy grey knit dress and a down vest. The comments are constructive rather than cruel and always informative and entertaining. 

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Flabby Arms– What Lies Beneath?

A set of toned shapely arms is one of my biggest beauty goals for 2012. Michelle Obama looks beautiful   wearing bright little cardigans over  sleeveless dresses, but when I do  that, I  just look like I’m cold. Its time to feel good about my” guns”  And there is certainly no shortage of tools and experts on the subject.  Handweights, exercise  bands, push-ups, pilates, yoga and  the list  of solutions  just seems to go on and on.  So before going out and buying that Groupon coupon for a class on Kettlebell  Kickboxing ( I’m not  making that  up) I decided to  go fundamental  and find  out  why  my arms are crinkly and wrinkly.  Just  like  getting to the causes of  facial aging to choose the most effective solution, I needed to explore the anatomy  of the arm.

Aging of the arms … Continue Reading…