FITNESS TIP OF THE WEEK: Slo-Mo Your Way to Sexy Arms

I started doing push-ups after I turned 50. At that time, my arms were sad to look at: weak, without any definition, and definitely showing signs of batwings (you know exactly what I'm talking about.). Thinking I'd need to take drastic steps to whip them back into shape, I was ready to pull the proverbial blanket over my head and go back to doing what I was doing: nothing. Until I took action. Shortly after hitting 50, I embarked on a fitness program that I like to call my "do anywhere/anytime exercise plan" because it's true: all you need is a rug, towel or yoga mat, running or walking sneakers, comfortable clothes, and you're pretty much ready to rock and roll. Push-ups, the gold standard of upper body exercises, became a regular activity in my life. In fact, I turned it into a daily habit, sometimes getting down and 'doing 20' several times a day. But eight years later, I'm getting a little bored and wanted to try to shake things up a bit, and maybe work my arms a little harder (even though I also do the Plank several times a day, which gives arms and your whole body a pretty intense zen-like workout). So, I started doing my push-ups a little differently: instead of going up and down quickly, I sloooooooowwwwwed things down considerably, even holding the "down position" for a count of 8 to 10 seconds, which is REALLY HARD! But, it works! My arms are more toned and a lot stronger since I started doing push-ups the Slo-Mo way. Here's a short video to get you started. Follow along with me and slo-mo your way to sexy, summer-ready arms!

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