Very effective exercise

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by namow, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. namow

    namow New Member

    Read the whole exercise

    A wonderful exercise for (older) people

    Just came across this exercise suggested for seniors, to build muscle
    strength in the arms and shoulders. It seems so easy, so I thought I'd pass
    it on to some of my friends and family. The article suggested doing it
    three days a week.

    Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room
    at each side. With a 5-lb potato sack in each hand, extend your arms
    straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can.

    Try to reach a full minute, then relax. Each day, you'll find that you can
    hold this position for just a bit longer. After a couple of weeks, move up
    to 10-lb potato sacks. Then 50-lb potato sacks and then eventually try to
    get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato sack in each hand and hold your
    arms straight for more than a full minute.

    After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each of the sacks.

  2. NanceZ

    NanceZ New Member

    I too was reading along.....skimming as usual and was thinking why in the world would anyone have that many potatoes?!??!

    thanks for the smile inside!
  3. oshinangel

    oshinangel New Member

    Thank you so much for this lovely exercise. Little effort involved and not one drop of perspiration!


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  4. twerp

    twerp New Member

    I was "sucked in" right til the end. I'm thinking, gee, I can't even do a 5-lb sack; how in the world will I build up to 10 or even more!!

    Anyway, thanks for my first chuckle of the day!

    Hugs,
    Twerp
  5. MusicTeacher

    MusicTeacher New Member

    count me in - I'm going to start tomorrow only we don't get sacks of potatoes here in UK where I live - do you think plastic bags will do? (LOL)

    Fantastic posting - really made me laugh.

    Music Teacher UK
  6. gabdeb

    gabdeb New Member

    im blonde besides the fog so it took me a couple of minutes. thanks for the laugh!! deb
  7. TNUtammy

    TNUtammy New Member

    Haha, you know I think laughing at that helped more than excercise! Thanks
  8. pam112361

    pam112361 New Member

    I too was totally sucked in. I haven't been able to do anything but the treadmill for more than 8 months (and not very often at that) and I thought "well, maybe I could try the weights again without much pain!" This completely made my day! I think I'll pass it on to some of my non-fibro friends. Thanks!

    Pam
  9. pepper

    pepper New Member

    I have copied it and emailed it to my CFS friends. I am sure that they will get as sucked in as I did. They'll think I have lost my mind - until the end.

    Thanks for the laugh.
    Pepper
  10. MINERBYRD95503

    MINERBYRD95503 New Member

    That was a good one! I'm laughing as i write. thanks a bunch, you brightened my day. Jackie
  11. tandy

    tandy New Member


    Yea,...about a quarter of a way thru reading this post I thought,...
    These people are nuts!! work your way up to 100lbs!!??
    I'll skip this one thank you~

    :)
    Cute one

    Hugs
    Tandy
  12. Greenbean7

    Greenbean7 New Member

    Man, my arms were starting to ache just reading it! Then it was my tummy from laughing so hard! I could just see my 79 year old mother holding up 100 lb sacks of potatoes!

    Hugzz,
    Greenbean
  13. namow

    namow New Member

    That was the purpose of this post....HA HA HA
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  14. ephemera

    ephemera New Member

    Are those baking potatoes? Maybe from Maine or Idaho?

    Oh, and don't forget the butter & chives or dill or sour cream or...
  15. razorqueen

    razorqueen Member

    you Had me going there!
  16. BethM

    BethM New Member

    I did need a chuckle tonight... very funny!

    Beth.
  17. 69mach1

    69mach1 New Member

    i only wished i could've got the joke the first time.

    i was sitting here thinkin i'm 40 years old, had l and r shoulder surgies not quite successful. then i have kaiser insurance, don't particullary like (hmo), i thought why haven't they told me to do that exercise.

    the next time i going to tell them to add that to hte list of exercises, because that is how useful everythign has turned out to be.

    good joke