CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dear Cindy,
How can I slim down my arms and feel good about wearing sleeveless tops this summer? I don't consider myself overweight, but I do have lots of extra skin on my mushy arms. I want the arms I had a few years ago when I weighed the same and looked completely different. Help please. -- Jenny
Isn't it interesting that it's not our weight that dictates the way we look, but rather the amount of muscle we've got going for us? It's true. Being thin won't necessarily get you second looks, but a strong body will turn heads and give you all the confidence you desire.
Just know you're not alone. It feels like a cruel joke when we start to age and our once muscular frame starts feeling like a wet sponge. Soft and jiggly arms make us cover up even on the hottest days of summer. What once was lean and mean becomes flabby and saggy.
If that is a look you want to avoid, follow the advice below. Yes, it takes a little effort, but the rewards are self-esteem and an enviable upper body. Want the real truth? Check out a woman's shoulders and biceps; it gives you a fairly clear picture as to what the rest of her body looks like.
I want beautiful arms
Having great arms means you have to stop buying into old myths. Women tend to erroneously buy into the idea they should do tons of cardio and lift light weights. This won't get you great arms! If you want lean, sexy arms, you need to strength train like a man. No, that doesn't mean lifting the same amount of weight as a man, but it does mean lifting heavy enough to create the same challenge to the muscle as a man.
Light weights and lots of reps will get you right where are right now. Consider this: You lift children who weigh 30-plus pounds, so why do you think lifting 3- to 5-pound weights is going to change your body? It won't, not even if you lift it 100 times. To build lean mass, you must challenge the muscle -- not do endless reps with light weights.