Okay - I promised! Here is a start on the arms routine. I plan on doing them daily BUT will absolutely COMMIT to every other day.
Strength exercises - REALLY pushing - should be done every other day... simply to give the muscles a chance to heal.
Below is a start - I am not sure that it is enough... I will see how it goes and report back!
Daily - 1 - 2 sets 12-15
Pushups- usually off the kitchen counter or washing machine. My weight is on fully on my arms and I am slanted and on my toes
Dips- backward off the same counter or washing machine :-) Works the tricep muscles
One-Armed Row - works each arm and back muscle separately (with weight that is handy.... water bottle / can of food / detergent bottle / whatever!)
One-Arm Cross Row - engages more of the back muscle (use weight that is handy)
One of the things that stops me from exercising is thinking that I cannot do a good job because I am not in a gym or dressed properly or have the time to get out the equipment, etc. I am determined to STOP this way of thinking. A can of soup weighs approximately ONE pound... there is NO reason I can't take whatever is HANDY that I can get a grip on.... and do these exercises!
WAITING until I can do it perfectly will be WAITING until I lose my muscle tone!
DUMB idea :-)
So I will start here and move forward!
If you have a good idea of an exercise to add to my portable ANYWHERE ARMS routine - let me know!