Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Arm Stretcher and Going Sleeveless



'Great  things come in small packages', they say.  The 'thing'  I'm referring to is a light arm stretcher, roughly resembling the form of the '8' digit. It's a cheap product , but one that could prove to be quite effective. 


I  doubt if it creates the muscles shown on the little box; it helps, however, tone the upper arms, and that's good enough for me. You can use it at home, take the little pack with you to work or on travels. You can practice stretching anyway you feel comfortable; but practice, you must, if you want results. A few minutes, several times a day, is all that's needed.



Summer is here and we wish to be able to wear a sleeveless top if and when we fancy that.(I usually don't go out sleeveless, but sometimes, the weather is so hot here that  I'm tempted to wear something that looks like a  'beach outfit'- that is, bare arms and shoulders). 

It's common knowledge that certain places of work have a dress code which doesn't allow sleeveless outfits during working hours. In addition, entering religious sites dressed in a sleeveless top , is regarded as disrespectful. 

If you ask me, the showing off of bare arms by the lady stars at events such as the Oscar festivity is not elegant, and far from glamorous. The same goes for sleeveless wedding gowns ;  no sleeves gives a casual, common look to the dress worn by the bride on her most important day.

Anyway, during summer, I often wear sleeveless tops, even if mainly inside my home, and it's a good feeling to try and succeed to improve the condition of the upper arms.

37 comments:

SAM said...

I just got one of those too. I do wear sleeveless shells at work, but under sweater or jacket. If I get hot at my desk I might take off the outer layer but not in meetings.

Saleslady371 said...

Good for you, Duta. The unit will work for sure. I use bands sometimes to strengthen my muscles. My right deltoid hurt for months after my second knee surgery, probably from lifting off the floor with my arms after knee exercises throughout the day. PT taught me band exercises that gave relief, but I'm still not quite ready for my free weights to tone my arms. I go sleeveless too and I agree, sleeves look better especially on the more mature gals but we are entering triple digits now in Arizona. Tank tops are commonplace but do not look all that good on everybody.

Vera said...

What a good way to get those under arm muscles tightened up. Since mine also need some work I shall have a look on Amazon to see if the stretcher is available here in Europe, which I am sure it will be.

I think that women are dressing too provocatively nowadays, especially in the office environment. They want success and work hard to get it, but need to dress with respect for the men they are working with. It is no use complaining about wanting sexual equality and not getting it, when they wear provocative clothing.

DEZMOND said...

Hope it gives you results! Just don't turn yourself into a Hulk :)
Lifting up a 500ml water bottle in each hand also does the trick if done regularly and also carrying heavy bags from the grocery store :)

The summers have become unbearably hot, here in Central Europe we used to have 32*C tops when I was a kid and now the usual temps are up to 47*C or plus, living hell. I usually hibernate during summer and don't go out until Autumn! Good thing my work keeps me inside during summer most.

DUTA said...

There are many such devices on the market; the important thing, however, is Perseverance. I keep it close, so that it "looks me in the face", and so I can't escape doing my bit of stretching.

DUTA said...

Resistance bands ,as they call it, are also a good practice choice.They sometimes come with door anchor attachment and leg ankle straps and give you a full body home workout.
The weather forces us to go sleeveless in summer, and fortunately, there are ways to improve upper arms condition.

DUTA said...

Good, comfortable and easy way.The result depends more on us, than on the quality of the stretcher. The principle's the same: foam hanles and stretching tubes or bands.

I'm also for more respect to the office environment by our young ladies.

DUTA said...

No chance of that (turning into a Hulk)!
Carrying heavy bags does help with arms' toning, but I've been using a shopping cart for the last years, and I'm pleased with it.

Climate has become a big worry everywhere in the world, and sadly, we humans, are helpless about it.

Pam said...

Way to go, Duta! Arms with a little definition look great going sleeveless. I used to do that with the band and should do it again. It was near 100 degrees here for several days and is stormy and in the low 70's today. Don't know of any companies with sleeveless dress code here, but think they should have it sometimes. Take care

DUTA said...

If we can solve, even partially, an estethique problem,in a simple way, then it's definitely our gain.

Our summers are scorching, and sometimes one feels the need to free arms and legs of any fabric obstruction.

Linda deV said...

You go!!!! Always good to have a goal.

DUTA said...

Thanks for your encouragement. It usually becomes a summer urgency, but the excercising should be done regularly all the time, if we wish to see results.

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

I nee to get my arms back in shape too! I used to have great arms! Ugh! Operation get fit once I get back to the states and have better child care.

DUTA said...

Indeed, children care minimizes the so needed "me time". "Operation get fit" as you call it,is something great to look forward to. Good Luck!

Weekend-Windup said...

I think it gives good result to make a good arms. Looks great!

DUTA said...

I certainly hope for good results. I've started out gradually, and now the stretching is at its hard point.

Jenn Jilks said...

Good work! I have 12 lb. hand weights that I use when it isn't gardening season. I'm doing a lot of work with my arms right now!
I replied to your comment about my husband's weight. The short story is his cancer treatment is causing his weight gain, despite his long walks.

DUTA said...

This device has the advantage of being very light and mobile; its stretching can be well felt in the arms. Perseverance will hopefully bring about good toning.
(Thanks for your reply regarding your hubby).

Lee said...

These days I never go out sleeveless, but around home during the summer months I do. Only my two furry mates get to see my bare upper arms...and so far they've not laughed or scampered away in horror! :)

That looks like a handy little piece of equipment, though.

DUTA said...

Handy, indeed. And cheap. And ,hopefully, effective, as I stretch it to its full capacity.

Sandy said...

Fantastic. Now, to keep me motivated, I have to give myself stars like a little kid. It works though---the stars:)

DUTA said...

Whatever it takes. It all depends upon us. The key words are motivation and perseverance. The device itself fulfills its part, if used daily.

Lowcarb team member said...

That looks and sounds a good way to tone up the arm muscles.

All the best Jan

DUTA said...

It's especially good for the lazy among us. You just sit on the chair or sofa and... stretch.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

I have seen these arm stretchers but never used one myself. However as my left arm is still feeling the effects of a possible torn tendon, I too may be getting one after a chiropractor visit this week. Please do keep us posted, Duta, on your results which I hope will be as you would like. And, I too agree that many girls and women do not know that showing more of their body parts is not necessarily a good thing.

DUTA said...

What I can tell you right now is that it's easy and comfortable to get used to it. Work with it is progressive, and after a few days, the stretching can be maximized. I have a good feeling about the possible results.

shayndel said...

Very good post `in season`!! Looks like a good and handy way to stretch and tone! I agree with you about the `sleeveless` fashion and enjoyed your discussion as the weather is getting hot here too and time for shorter sleeves!!

DUTA said...

A 'season' issue indeed. Were it not for the summer heat,I wouldn't opt for bare hands.I like it more with sleeves.

Sharon Wagner said...

I hope it works!

DUTA said...

Hope so too. Stretching it on a daily basis, should at least improve condition, if not perfect toning which is a genetic gift.

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Boa tarde, venho desejar-lhe feliz fim de semana.
AG

DUTA said...

Thank you. A happy weekend to you too!

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

I am usually not a big fan of bridges, but this one is really cool. Have a great week.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Duta, I can't imagine there are any offices here in the US that have a dress code banning sleeveless tops, but I rarely wear them. My upper arms could definitely use some toning these days! :-)

DUTA said...

Regardless of whether we wear sleeveless tops or not, it's good to feel our arms are toned and presentable.

Alicia said...

My arms have always been the bane of my existence! Has this little device worked for you? If so I might consider getting one myself.

DUTA said...

Mine haven't always been like that(flabiness and cellulitis).
They got unestethique after 60. At this point I became aware that it's genetic (my mother), and since it's hard to escape genetics I did little to nothing about it. I have, at home, some weights which are said to help, but I'm extremely lazy when it comes to use them.

This little stretcher is very light, cheap, and if try do it regularly (why shoudn't I, it's near the bed, the desk, easy to use, no special time required), it gives me a good feeling and it improves appearance of the arms.