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EVERYTHING ARMS Episode | Upper Arm Toning 911| Women Over 50

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Upper arm toning on your wish list? Welcome to the everything arms episode, this is Debra Atkinson you're listening to flipping 50 where I address, your top struggles and concerns and I share what to eat, how to move and how to change your mindset. So you can have the energy and the vitality that you want need and deserve in the second, and better half. If there’s one question that I’m asked most often, it's about core or abs. But frankly, question number two, a very close runner up is arms… bat wings, bingo arms, whatever you endearingly or not so endearingly call it. That is the question and that is the topic of the day. Upper Arm Toning Exercise Won’t Help Every Problem There are a couple things that we need to address when we're talking about arms. First of all, let's talk about the problem and being able to identify that because we can't jump into a solution, unless we actually have the problem. So, number one, you've got to first be able to distinguish what the problem is? Is this really a lack of muscle, lack of tone? Is this loose skin? Is it crepey skin? Or is it fat? And I know you, if you’re out there thinking you need a box where you can check “all of the above.” Loose, Crepey, Under-Arm Skin I’ll spend the most time talking about muscle. And fat but before I do I want to discus the lose, crepey skin. That’s most likely from a change in collagen, and possibly weight gain then loss. That's something that exercise won't necessarily help you change. Skin Needs Food So you've got to tackle that from inside out from both that direction of eating more antioxidant rich foods that are great for your skin and getting things on topically so if you're not regularly hydrating and, or if you're allowing skin to chase. Say you frequently are going for walks or runs. And you notice that your underarm gets rough and irritated because your arm is rubbing say against your jog bra, or t shirt it's rubbing against a seam, or might be just rubbing against you and your underarm. That's a different kind of problem, more inside out, again, from your food. You've got to really tune up and dial up your diet, and the second to that is getting things on the skin that are truly hydrating don't have any toxins in them so you don't just want to be picking up any lotion and slapping it on. Did you know that if water is listed as the first ingredient a lotion is drying ultimately, not hydrating? YIKES! You want to make sure that you've got lotion that potentially has a small bit of Retin A in it, not the same high dose that you might want on your face, but something that can go on your skin. I believe it is flipping 50 TV episode, 18, and I know that because I referred to it so very often, where my good friend, Dr. Anthony Yoon, who is America's holistic plastic surgeon gave his advice because he's my go-to on all things for skin. So, I'm going to direct you to that I'll link to that too in the show notes as well as to where you can follow Dr. Youn. Fat Arms or Fine Arms? And let me tell you an easy way to discover the third possible problem, and that is that you've got too much fat. You've got what we call subcutaneous or pinch-an-inch fat on the top of the muscle, you've got some muscle, you've been lifting weights you've been eating adequate protein and getting all those antioxidants, however, you have too much fat. You can do a really easy do-it-yourself, test, right here, right now. Reach back and pinch your arm. So if you can very easily and separate the muscle from the fat, you kind of grab around the middle of the arm and then you slide your fingers off till you're still pinching but you can tell you're only pinching fat you don't have muscle fibers in there, and it hurts a little bit if you pinch it hard. I'm demonstrating for the purpose of demonstration I'm actually taking one for the team. Pinch Much? So, if you can kind of pinch-a-half-an-inch or more you have enough to say that this is not just skin that has to cover the top of your body of any part. But as literally you’ve got a little bit more fat there. Okay, sister. So, a couple of things, you are going to need to listen to the exercise advice that I give you coming up, but to, you don't have as much room to play with a “moderate diet.” If you want to get rid of that you have to lock down on your extra-curricular carbohydrates. Your upper arms kind of Batwing body fat won’t respond as well to exercise alone as visceral belly fat will. You actually have to be a little bit tighter in control of your carbohydrates. Now, I'm not saying carbohydrates are bad but if you're doing extra-curricular carbohydrates, you're having more of them, say you're drinking wine every night you're probably going to struggle with getting tigh