Monday, March 10, 2008

Weird (but effective) arm exercise!

The story goes...this summer I spent about a week with my friend and her family @ their camp, there were a bunch of teens there, so of course, we ate, and ate, and played old school video games, and watch movies, and all that normal jazz! But don't get me wrong! It WAS summer, and we were all (well mostly) really active athletic kids! So we also did a lot of swimming, lawn volleyball (sadly no actual beach, it was a lake!) tons more swimming, some bike riding, hiking, walking, tag & other crazy games @ played at midnight! :D So anyway....

After a few days of fun in the sun, I looked down at my arms and noticed that they were at least as muscular & strong as they were the past few months of lifting heavy weights during track! :O I thought for a min. and remembered how much my arms burned after swimming all around the lake! Light bulb moment! Have I mentioned I live in Maine? So I don't really have a way to swim during the fall/winter/most of spring! Maybe a few trips to the Y which is almost an hour away, or a chance stay @ a hotel! So I looked around my room, which is scattered with workout equipment, and saw my dumbbells! Doesn't matter if you sit on a stability ball, or chair or if you stand, just try to do the "breath stroke" with the dumbbells! (Review: push the dumbbells out away from you, with your palms facing down & out a little, pull them back in towards your chest! Works my entire arm!) Tip= Start with lighter dumbbells, I still use 5lbs, you feel it after just a few!

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