Whether you're sitting down at work or walking a mile on the track, you should take a set of 5-10 dumbbells with you to keep yourself busy. Lifting weights is beneficial because it helps strengthen your upper body and helps you multitask. I do 5 to 8 sets of 15 reps each...
If you don't like to sweat (especially at work), then you could also get the wrist weights and I think they have ankle weights that are easier to use.
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Keep your dumbbells and stretch bands right by your easy chair, during commercials or while watching TV do some strengthening exercises. I find that my upper arms strength has diminished as I have gotten older. I am rebuilding muscle now all the time while watching TV.
Sometimes my legs are too weak to exercise. So I ask myself what can I do today? My arms feel okay so why don't I sit in a chair and do strength training on my arms with some 3 lb weights? I feel like I've accomplished something! So I don't get completely off track.
On days when I am too weak to do much at all I ask myself, Have I at least been kind and loving today? It helps me to keep feeling good about myself.
Everyone is short on time and long commutes do not help with this! To fit in some strength training on the freeway, I have created a series of arm movements (one at a time, of course) that I can do while driving. These involve pulsing pushing arm circles etc. Just put on some music and experiment!
Use one arm at a time and work on it until you can't keep it in the air any longer - I try to do at least 5 minutes on each arm. Mix and match a varierty of movements that target different muscles. Just be sure the other hand is on the wheel at all times. Inspired by Tracy Anderson arm workout.
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