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Jillian Michaels says sexy triceps and no more jiggles.

After breaking my shoulder last year (April) I find that my arms, especially my left arm, are even more flabby that before, if that’s possible. A slightly deteriorated muscle on the upper inside of the left arm doesn’t help either. This is one of the exercises I am supposed to be doing. While it won’t do anything, I am told, to fix the shoulder and arm bone problems, it is supposed to be good for helping to strengthen the muscles.

(Of course it would be nice to have that girl’s body too,  but short of a plastic surgeon and maybe even a time machine (:-]) I don’t think that’s possible.) Oh well. A stronger tricep is nothing to sneeze at. Now if I can just find those little dumbbells.

Jillian has lots more advice if you join her fitness group. I can’t afford it right now though.  http://www.jillianmichaels.com/Index.aspx

Jillian Michaels:  How to Get Sexy, Sculpted Arms

Q: My arms are a flabby mess. Do you have a simple exercise to tone them up?
JILLIAN SAYS: Absolutely! . . . With toned triceps you can wave to your fans all you want (no more upper-arm jiggle!).

Sstarted with tricep kickbacks, a terrific beginner exercise for sculpting the backs of your upper arms:

Tricep Kickbacks

Hold a dumbbell in each hand and stand with your feet hip-width apart with a slight bend to your knees.

Bend over at the waist so that your torso is slightly above parallel with the floor. Bend both elbows so that your upper arms are locked at your sides parallel to the floor.

Keeping your arms still, straighten your arms behind you until the end of the dumbbell is pointing down toward the floor with your palms facing in towards your body.

Hold for a beat and inhale, slowly lowering your arms back to the starting position, and repeat.

To do this properly, remember to keep your abs tight and your back flat.

Jillian Michaels – diet advice that works for writing as well.

Yes, Jillian’s article is about losing weight.She’s a diet guru and all that (That’s what she does.) So why am I posting her article? Especially  since it is fairly obvious I don’t follow her other advice much. :-]   In reading this particular article I could see that it was good advice for anyone. And especially for writers. I have added writing keywords (in blue) to show how this article fits equally well with either subject. You could probably substitute any endeavor.  It’s good advice for anyone.

Thank you Jillian.

From LOSING IT! With Jillian Michaels
Friday, May 28, 2010

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Remember the fable about the tortoise and the hare? The hare got off to a zippy pace and seemed sure to win. But he didn’t, did he? The tortoise, while naturally much slower than the hare, kept moving steadily toward the finish line and was able to cross first.

What’s the take-home message of this fable? Slow and steady wins the race. To reach your weight-loss  [writing] goals, you need to switch from the hare’s mind-set to that of the tortoise. In other words, you must break the “all or nothing” mentality.

Do you start diets [books] with superhuman resolve — determined to eschew temptation and work out [write] seven days a week — only to fall off the wagon and give up hope?

Such an approach to anything — especially to your [writing] health — can be very appealing, even motivating. But I’m telling you right now that overreaching the most dangerous way to set out. Human beings are imperfect. When you do skip a [writing session] workout or give in to temptation (something we all do), you’re more likely to throw in the towel.

So start thinking like a tortoise. Pace yourself. Have a slice of pizza [  🙂 ] and take a day off now and then, but don’t stray too far from the path that will lead you to your goals.

Jillian Michaels says “squat.”

I am passing some health/exercise tips on straight from this site.  I don’t subscribe to her paid programs, but because I can’t afford anything right now except free.  She does have some good free ideas too so I am passing them on.

From LOSING IT! With Jillian Michaels
Thursday, May 20, 2010

Get Strong by Squatting

If you’re new to exercise, working out can be intimidating. The trick is to begin with exercises you can build on. Let’s start with the legs. After all, they help support our bodies in the most basic of activities — standing and walking! Try wall squats, the building block of all squat variations. Here’s how to get started right now.

Wall Squat
Stand with your back about 1 1/2 feet from a wall, feet hip-width apart, your weight on your heels. Lean back until your shoulders and upper back touch the wall. Now slowly lower yourself (as if you were going to sit on a chair) until your thighs are parallel with the floor and your legs form a 90-degree angle. In the seated position, your back — from the shoulder blades to the lower rib cage — should rest lightly against the wall. Hold this position for as long as you can, stand back up, and repeat.

When you’ve mastered the form, kick it up a notch by adding resistance with hand weights. Once you’ve developed quad, glute, and hamstring strength with this beginner move, you’ll be ready to tackle more advanced leg exercises.

Get Strong by Squatting
Season 9, Episode 18
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