Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Finally an exercise I can handle!

Being in the middle years of my life, I find exercise, shall we say, not quite as easy or fun as it once was. But my sister sent me this exercise to build upper arm and shoulder strength.

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, and 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 try 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 6 months of work I'm proud to say I am at this level finally).

After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each sack.

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19 comments:

Brook said...

You are so silly! I was wondering why in the world you have so many potatoes! :)

Chatty Kelly said...

Hahaha!

nikkipolani said...

Oh dear. I'm beginning to think as your title says!

Laura said...

Ha ha, that's my kind of exercise!!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Oh, you had me there. I was ready to heap praise upon you and ask to photos of your biceps.

Pam said...

Bwahahaha!!! That's exactly the chuckle I needed after a day with whiny, grumpy children. Too funny, Susanne!

Linda said...

I love it! Sounds like one I can manage too.

Brenda said...

Are we supposed to laugh ;) Is this Canadian humor? Maybe Idaho. .

Donnetta said...

I've read this before but it still makes me grin every single time.

Mountain Mama said...

LOL!!! I was actually considering this exercise. I still may.

Michelle said...

You crack me up Susanne !!!

Jientje said...

LOL!!! I was thinking, that's an awful lot of paotatoes!

ellen b. said...

OK so there's fried potatoes, boiled potatoes, scalloped potatoes, mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, baked potatoes, potato soup. Is your family getting tired of potatoes yet?! :0) Potato chips, hashed brown potatoes.

Barbie @ Mamaology said...

Hee Hee:) congrats:)

You had me on that one.

Lisa writes... said...

I think I can handle that as well.

Islandsparrow said...

You got me on that one Suzanne - I was amazed at your strength.

totally fell for it . . .

gail@more than a song said...

Hilarious! I sorta thought it might have been going that direction; I SO wish exercise could work that way b/c I could really go for that!

Barb said...

I never saw that coming. LOL

Karyn said...

LOL! That is funny.