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Ok i have bought myself some wrist weights (3lb) on each, thought i would start low dont want to look like arnie :D , now i have arthritus in just about every bone i have but i really do need to lose these bingo wings,
so i have put the wrist weights on the middle bit of my lower arms as i dont want to put strain on my wrists, is this ok ? and im wearing them while im in the house going about my daily business, obviously until they are making me uncomfortable then i will take them off, am i doing the right thing ? i havnt a clue when it comes to this sort of thing, i dont go to gyms and wont as i tell them what injuries i have and they still try and make me do things that will cause me problems, (i broke my neck whilst in the army and have terrible neck problems still) so i would appreciate any advice,
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The bingo wing workout
Try these exercises three times a week to reduce underarm flab. Do three sets of 12 to 15 repetitions every other day.
  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart and tighten your abs. Hold your weight - a bottle of water will do - in your left hand with your elbow close to your temple and pointing to the ceiling. Using a slow, controlled movement, extend your elbow 95 per cent overhead without locking. Don't arch your back. Repeat, and then switch arms.
  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Lunge forward with your right foot. Pull your left elbow back with your forearm perpendicular to the floor. Hold your upper arm still and extend your forearm. Squeeze your triceps at top of the move. Repeat, and then switch sides.
  • Sit on a chair with your fingers facing forward and shoulders down. With your chest open, move your hips in front of the chair and lower your torso slowly until your elbows are bent to about 90 degrees. Keeping your butt close to the chair, straighten your elbows to raise your torso. Don't lock your elbows when you reach the top. Repeat.
  • Position yourself on your left side, with your left knee bent and your right leg extended, as shown. Your left palm should be flat on the ground but not directly below your shoulder. Keeping your hips up, extend your right arm above your right shoulder towards the ceiling. Bend your left elbow slightly, and then press your back up. Repeat, and then switch sides.
  • Kneel on the floor and walk your hands out until your body forms a straight line from your head to your knees. Your hands should be directly beneath your shoulders, and your abs pulled in. Bending your elbows back so they stay close to your sides, slowly lower your chest toward the floor as far as you can comfortably go. Hold for a second, and then push yourself back up. Repeat
source: GMTV - Are you fed up of having bingo wings? The let fitness guru Nicki Waterman get you into shape

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Tone your arms

Say goodbye to bingo wings with our tried and tested workout

A call to arms to all those who are concealing bingo wings and shapeless shoulders under their clothing! This workout will firm, shape and strengthen those arms until they are thoroughly bare-able…But before you go and get the baked bean cans out of the store cupboard to use as weights, bear in mind that to develop muscle, you have to overload it with a weight heavier than what it is accustomed to.
Don’t fret that you’ll end up looking like Popeye, women possess about 40-60% of the upper body strength and one tenth of the testosterone – the muscle-building hormone – of men – so bulging biceps aren’t on the agenda. It’s also worth remembering that even the sleekest, most sculpted muscles will go unseen if your body fat levels are higher than they should be. Combine resistance training with cardiovascular exercise and a sensible eating plan and you’ll soon be armed and dangerous…

How much and how often…
Aim to do the workout three to four times a week, and use the alternate days to do 30-60 minutes of aerobic exercise – see the ‘Strong arm tactics’ later in this article for some ideas. Ensure you take one day off completely a week. Start with two sets, using light weights – (a weight that you can do up to 16 repetitions with) – in order to master correct technique.
In week two, increase the weight so that you can only just do 12 repetitions, again performing two sets of each exercise. As you progress, increase to three sets and use a weight that you can only do eight to ten repetitions with. As soon as you feel comfortable with the weight, repetitions and sets you are performing, it’s time to up the ante – don’t settle into a comfort zone. However, always remember to rest for a minute between sets. Finally, perform the exercises in the order shown so that you get the maximum effort from each muscle group.

Source: Tone your arms

Toning Your Triceps

Want to reduce those flabby 'bingo wings' at the backs of your arms? Grab a dumbbell (or use a can of beans) and try this exercise:

  • Place left knee and left hand on surface of suitable height, so that torso is horizontal
  • Hold dumbbell in right hand, with palm facing inwards
  • Extend upper arm up and back (lead from elbow) until horizontal, while letting forearm hang vertically down to make a 90-degree angle at elbow.
  • Keeping upper arm horizontal, slowly extend from the elbow lifting dumbbell up until forearm is also horizontal.
  • Slowly lower the dumbbell down, back to the starting position
Perform 10 – 15 repetitions on each arm.

Source: CalorieKing.com Newsletter - 11th April 2005

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Gabby Logan: ten-minute toner: arms

Weighting in the wings

Haven’t got time for the gym? In part six of her series, Gabby demonstrates three exercises that tackle a specific part of your body and that can be done together in just ten minutes. If you missed parts 1 to 5, you can download the exercises, which focus on the legs, bottom, stomach, heart and core muscles, from the links on this page, in the column to the right of this story. Eventually you will have a full set of exercises from which you can pick‘n’mix to devise your personal routine.

NI_MPU('middle');“Don’t grow old,” one of my colleagues told me recently; “your arms just go to jelly.” Unfortunately, this column cannot stop you getting older, but it can prevent jellied arms. It is easy to work on your arms because the muscle groups are smaller and it is less fatiguing than leg work. But you should note that the older you are the harder it becomes to build muscle because of the change in body composition

Source: Gabby Logan: ten-minute toner: arms - Health - Times Online

This out of them all looks brill and I would think it should work!!! And looks very easy and fun to do.
Handytrim - Say Goodbye To Bingo Wings

We don't often chat about health and fitness products, but as every girl knows it's just as important to pay attention to your body itself as it is what you rub into it or spray onto it. I've been on a bit of a health kick of late and am trying my best to tone up before I go on holiday at the beginning of October (more on that soon). One product I've found really useful is the handytrim, which is a portable exercise tool for toning your 'bingo wings' - the flabby bits on the tops of your arms. It's difficult to explain how the handbag-sized bit of kit actually gives you arms a la Jessica Alba so I'll point you in the direction of a very early video review we did where I try to demonstrate (badly) how to use it. Think of it like a weighted version of those old spinning disc toys we all had as kids...

There is a video on the link to see how it works.

Kiss And Makeup: Handytrim - Say Goodbye To Bingo Wings
Hi thecdthing

I braved going swimming last week, ladies evening, it was great. I could really feel my arms and legs the next day aching, im going again this week, going to try and go 3 times, it will be mixed adults twice and 1 ladys evening. See if your local swimming baths do adult days or evenings, or if you don't mind just go whenever. Im like you with the arthritis, which limits my activity, so swimming seems to be my level. Good luck xxx


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Hi! having been exercising regularly for awhile I just wanted to say that as a woman it would be impossible for you to look like arnie or over develop your muscles to such an 'unfeminine' extent. My gym instructor tells me that a woman would need to be in the gym 12 hours a day and take steroids or enhancing drugs. I lift 4kg weights (I started at 1kg 5 months ago) and I have definitely toned up my arms but I don't look too muscular. :) :)


No, you really shouldn't wear them all the time as they will place extra strain on your joints and you could injure yourself. Wear them as part of a workout, sure, but it's really not a good idea to have them on all the time. If you suffer from arthritis I would suggest speaking to your doctor before commencing exercise.

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