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Old 09-21-2005, 01:57 AM   #11
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Try pushups. Lots of them. Do flat pushups, Hindu pushups, dive-bombers, hands-together, fingertip pushups, etc etc. This will work absolute miracles on your triceps, biceps, shoulders, back, neck, even your abs.

Trust me on this one!
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Old 09-21-2005, 09:41 AM   #12
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I started out with 2# weights and worked up to 4#. I'll eventually transition to 5# but won't go any higher than that. And Kitch..........you know I'm in your corner just as I know you are in mine. I really do feel better after I exercise.....especially after I go for a power walk. With the change of season coming there's going to be some beautiful scenery........thats a definite mood booster in itself. Stay strong!
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Old 09-21-2005, 11:44 AM   #13
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put arm up and slip on a sleeved shirt or blouse and that will take care of the flabby upper arm showing. Guess thats what most women do. Never see Oprah in short sleeves.
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Old 09-21-2005, 06:49 PM   #14
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Thanks for ideas

I will have to study this thread which I started and do appreciate all of you for all your responses. Does the heart good to have people comment about personal problem one has. Speaking of hereditary my mother had same trouble but wasn't concerned with so many kids to think about. Anyway, the people at that time didn't talk about flab, you think? I just started noticing when someone pointed it out about someone on tv. I then realized I had the same thing .Don't know when it happened! I really think exercise does play part in body as well as health. I am not taking the depression pills as the doctor suggested and I feel good about getting to walk, as you suggest. I feel like I receive internal shower when I sweat a lot. Purify the toxins in the body.

Thanks all and you too Sizz, we got to stay strong! Amen? Keep on keepin' on, we'll make it.

It really surprised me to see how many of you comment. I felt so embarrassed to bring it up. Now I don't feel so bad anymore. Made a difference.
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Old 09-22-2005, 07:54 AM   #15
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put arm up and slip on a sleeved shirt or blouse and that will take care of the flabby upper arm showing. Guess thats what most women do. Never see Oprah in short sleeves.
After studying all the information, this one truly appeals the most to me! I have seen Oprah when she ran her marathon without any help, makeup or fitted clothes and she did look like there was some flab but not bunch. She sure looks different when she goes on tv without makeup. Guess we all need help.

I was doing pushups Rob, maybe got to do them twice as much. You have any flab?

jkath, I am going to get the weights. You think Target has them? You are always helping with letting us know where to go. Thanks. Sizz, are you using the weights for walking or exercise the arms?

I see some people walking with what look like ski poles. Why are they using them? Is that better than weights?
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Old 09-22-2005, 10:02 AM   #16
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I haven't seen Oprah directly for some years but is she STILL going on with those "she's THIN!!--oh no now she's FAT!!" cycles?? If she does please don't use her as any kind of measure for your training/weight control, such a yo-yo swing is one thing you NEED TO AVOID. You need to find a routine which you can comfortably follow continuously as well as being effective.

I recommend against using additional weights on any kind of aerobic activity. When you exercise with weights, you need to pay full attention to control your motion and not to use any momentum, and it is difficult to do so while you are jogging or doing some aerobic classes (unless it is a specially designed lesson like body pump or total tone system)... also too many repititions and with the same movement can only exhaust your musle groups, and it can sometimes cause an injury. Do weight training and aerobics separately, it is much more effective.
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Old 09-22-2005, 10:24 AM   #17
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Hey......I just use the weights for my arm exercises now. When I started out walking after that 1st week I started walking with 2# hand weights but I found I was focusing on how my arms were swinging in conjunction with my leg strides and it got very annoying and I felt it was taking away from my concentration so I gave it up.

I found my weights at Kmart. I also found a pair at a thrift store. I'm sure Target and WalMart carry them also.

Good Luck...........I'll think of you while I'm walking!
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Old 09-22-2005, 05:04 PM   #18
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ITK, jkath's exercises will do wonders. You can even do them without buying weights at first - just use a couple of unopened soup cans and work your way up to some bigger cans of pureed tomatoes!
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Old 09-24-2005, 11:49 PM   #19
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Weight work (in addition to aerobic activity) is definitely the answer. Since everyone describes it differently, I'll tell my favorites even if I'm repeating.

Take one weight in both of your hands, and lift it over your head. Keep your elbows as close to your ears as possible. Slowly lower the weight behind your head, then lift it back up. Repeat.

Put one foot ahead of you and lean over. If you have a weak back, support yourself by putting your palm on your forward knee. Have a weight in the other hand, and keep that elbow close to your body. Lift the weight behind you. There are many variations -- stiff arm, raising and lowering the weight behind you slowly. Or raise the weight as far behind you as you can, then pulse it a little, or just hold it there for awhile. Or combine the back movement with a forward one and turn it into a biceps curl as well.

You can start with as little as a couple of pounds and work up, but don't push it. And DO NOT go fast. With the exception of pulses (very small movements) you should always do weight work slowly. The downward movement should never be "dropping" the weight, but be equally as stressful as lifting the weight.

Oh, another good one, without weights, was a favorite when I was on the road. If you have a table (I used picnic tables when we were traveling) that is sturdy enough, back up to it, and lean your weight on your palms. Do backwards push-ups off of the table.

Sometimes it is worth it to put up with the sales pitch to take up your local gym on their free weeks. It is a p-in-the-a to listen to them, but quite often you'll get some good instruction. Just make sure you tell them you want to learn about "free weights" (which is what you probably have at home) and aren't interested in the machines, so you get what you need to work out at home!

I was the first woman I knew of to learn to use weights because using military gyms, the guys always thought I'd be good at it. I'm not in the best shape, but I don't have flabby underarms or inner thighs, in spite of being overweight.

Pilates is a great program for this as well.

Good luck. You'll never regret keeping your body in motion.
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Old 09-24-2005, 11:53 PM   #20
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p.s. I pretty much agree against using weights with aerobics, especially leg weights. I have used hand weights when walking, but really feel the benefits are better if you use one, then the other. It is so easy to injure yourself using weights with aerobic activity.
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