Welcome to Miss Fit–a weekly advice column from someone who is a bit of a non-conformist when it comes to health and exercise. This week she answers questions about motivating ourselves to get off the couch, getting rid of flabby arms and not being able to keep up with the skinny bendy types in yoga class.
Dear Miss Fit,
I hate my arms. I am only 34, and they giggle every time I move them. How can I make this stop?
Ah, yes, the arm that keeps waving even after we stop. Most of us have to deal with this at some point, and fortunately there’s a relatively easy fix. The area that giggles is your triceps, or the area underneath the top of your arm. This muscle is small, but you can target it by doing tricep dips. Here is a video to explain how to do them. Of course this assumes you don’t have extra fat to lose. If you do, you will have to lose some pounds in addition to doing these exercises to properly tone your arms.
Dear Miss Fit,
I admit it! I am so unmotivated to exercise. I am 42 years old and know I need to. I just don’t know where to start. Help!
Well, at least you are honest and not making excuses like you are too busy and don’t have the time. The best thing you can do is sign up for a local 5K race–even if you’ve never done one before. Sign up today and then tell all your friends you are doing this. Putting it out there will make you accountable and motivate you to get your workout in each day. Because what are you going to say when friends and family start asking you how your training is going? Think you can’t run a 5K? You can! Just pick one three months out and follow a simple couch to potato training plan like this one.
Dear Miss Fit,
OK, I love yoga, but I am a beginner and very inflexible. I fell one time in class and now I’m scared to try any deeper poses or advanced moves, even though I want to keep up with everyone else including the really flexible yogis in there. Should I find another class or just suck it up?
Just suck it up. No one ever said there was a perfect yogi. As long as your alignment is correct in each pose, you should feel free to do modified versions until you are ready for more advanced versions. And one other thing: Never compare yourself to anyone else–especially in yoga. It’s not a competition, and the more you realize that, the more you will get out of it. Namaste!
Have a question? Send us your dilemmas about feeling like a misfit when it comes to eating, fitness, going to the gym or dealing with yoga bitches, and Miss Fit will take a turn at answering them. With 10 years of trying to be a better athlete and testing her willpower at every turn, while coaching others to do the same, chances are she’s heard it all before and can share some wisdom.
To ask Miss Fit a question, email us at editor@Blisstree.com with “Miss Fit” in the subject line.