Building arm and shoulder muscles

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Hidn, Sep 21, 2002.

  1. Hidn

    Hidn New Member

    I am going to try this, maybe it will help?




    Building arm and shoulder muscles.
    > >
    > > I thought I would let you in on a little secret I've found for
    building
    > > my arm and shoulder muscles; it's for those of us getting on in years.
    > >
    > > I started this on June first, and I try to do it three days a week.
    > >
    > > I start by standing outside behind the house and, with a five-pound
    > > potato sack in each hand, extend my arms straight out to my sides
    > > and hold them there as long as I can.
    > >
    > > After a few weeks I moved up to ten-pound potato sacks, then
    > > twenty- and then fifty- pound potato sacks. I eventually was able
    > > to lift a hundred-pound potato sack in each hand and hold my arms
    > > straight out for more than a full minute.
    > >
    > > Next, I started putting a few potatoes in the sacks, but I would
    > > caution you not to overdo it at our age.
    I hope this brought a smile to everyones face, I know we all can use one :)
    Denise
  2. Hidn

    Hidn New Member

    I am going to try this, maybe it will help?




    Building arm and shoulder muscles.
    > >
    > > I thought I would let you in on a little secret I've found for
    building
    > > my arm and shoulder muscles; it's for those of us getting on in years.
    > >
    > > I started this on June first, and I try to do it three days a week.
    > >
    > > I start by standing outside behind the house and, with a five-pound
    > > potato sack in each hand, extend my arms straight out to my sides
    > > and hold them there as long as I can.
    > >
    > > After a few weeks I moved up to ten-pound potato sacks, then
    > > twenty- and then fifty- pound potato sacks. I eventually was able
    > > to lift a hundred-pound potato sack in each hand and hold my arms
    > > straight out for more than a full minute.
    > >
    > > Next, I started putting a few potatoes in the sacks, but I would
    > > caution you not to overdo it at our age.
    I hope this brought a smile to everyones face, I know we all can use one :)
    Denise
  3. Anita B.

    Anita B. New Member

    Denise, I congratulate you on having built up your strength to that degree. I am quite envious! I'm afraid that some of us cannot build up strength like that. I have had CFS and FM for 23 years since a sudden onset at the beginning of my 20's. I have done a little exercise every single day beginning three months after I first got sick. I have a private Pilates class every week, and I take a yoga/chi kung class twice a week. (In yoga I do less than the other students and my Pilates lesson is tailored to me and we spend 20 minutes of the hour simply doing interesting stretches.) In years past, I regularly practiced different forms of gentle exercise. Nevertheless, I have trouble holding my arms up and out for more than a minute, with no weight at all in my hands! At home, I have one pound weights - I tried putting them in my hands and holding my arms out as you did with your potato sacks, and within seconds, my arm muscles had cramped up, and I had to put my arms down. Holding up the one pound weights for a few seconds also gave me a pain in the side of my neck, which has not gone away yet. And this is after 23 years of gentle exercise! You were right to caution people to be careful. In my case, gentle exercise seems to help me from getting weaker and helps me keep my figure slender, but doesn't seem to make me stronger. (If I do too much, exercise actually does make me weaker.) Nevertheless, I think I will try your suggestion again tomorrow, but with no weights in my hands.
  4. Anita B.

    Anita B. New Member

    Dear Denise,
    I just re-read your last message, and I see that the potato sack exercise was not something you actually tried yet. You just reproduced the directions for the exercise in your e-mail! When I wrote my last e-mail, I thought you were the one who had built up to 100 pound sacks!
    Anyway, I wish you success with this exercise and let us know how you progress!
    Anita
  5. seaview

    seaview New Member

    oops....she did not get the joke.Maybe, she will reread it and realize it was meant as a funny.My mom actually did not get it the first time either(she had had a very long day)but when she did it gave her the laugh she needed.ANd Anita if you are reading this please know that it was not meant to hurt you......she really meant to bring a laugh to our faces. Blessings,Kathleen
  6. Hidn

    Hidn New Member

    It is ok, glad it all wroked out :)
    Hugs to you
    Denise