Q&A…Thursday? That’s right! To make up for the site’s outage yesterday, I promised the FB readership that I’d go through and answer ANY question they had about me or the site’s purpose. Let’s go!
Q: Did you experience arm flab after your weight loss and if so, what did you do about it?
Q: Upper arm fat not moving despite weight lifting. What’s wrong with me or what’s wrong with my arms? Or can I continue to blame the equipment?
Hmm… you’re going to experience underarm flab if you have larger arms, just because the skin has been stretched out, and needs time to reclaim its proper position. That’s just an unfortunate fact of weight gain: skin stretching. The bounce-back factor can take anywhere from months to years, and all we can truly do is be patient and wait. (I mean, you can also get surgery, buuuuut….)
Did I experience arm flab? Of course I did! I had huge arms. What did I do about it?
Strength training! I built awesome arms!
I’m sure the next question is, “HOW?” The answer, really, is not a silly shake weight or a “perfect push up” machine.
Between yoga and push ups, I’ve been able to tone up my arms, my back, and even keep the skin of my breasts taut. Why? If you take a look at one of the yoga episodes I’ve posted on the site, you’ll be able to identify how much you have to lift, stretch, pull and tug those arms. The plank position – a common yoga pose that looks a lot like a push up without the drop down – works not only your back, but the ligaments in your chest that tighten and lift your breasts. Add to that the fact that it works both your biceps and your triceps (your outer and inner upper arm area?) You’re in there like swimwear.
Add some arm exercises to your workout! Fill that sack of skin with some nice muscle, and you’ll decrease the amount of skin left hanging and swinging. That’s the best way to decrease the presence of “lunch lady arms.”