Banishing Bat Wings – Tips from Dr. Oz

The Dr. Oz Show “Bat Wings”, the loose skin that can dangle from the upper arms, are problematic for many women.  This can happen for a number of reasons: Loss of skin elasticity Loss of muscle mass Sun damage Weight loss or gain In fact, Slimpressions was originally inspired by a very embarrassing arm flab moment by our Co-Founder, Amy Pedersen. The good news is it can be improved! Check out these five tips Dr. Oz featured on his international television show.  Shapewear o   The Haves™ by Slimpressions, in particular, was spotlighted Retinol Cream  o   Helps build collagen and firm the upper arms o    Use the cream every day for optimal results Self-Tanner or Foundation o   Just as you...

The Dr. Oz Show

“Bat Wings”, the loose skin that can dangle from the upper arms, are problematic for many women.  This can happen for a number of reasons: In fact, Slimpressions was originally inspired by a very embarrassing arm flab moment by our Co-Founder, Amy Pedersen. The good news is it can be improved! Check out these five tips Dr. Oz featured on his international television show.  Shapewear o   The Haves™ by Slimpressions, in particular, was spotlighted Retinol Cream  o   Helps build collagen and firm the upper arms o    Use the cream every day for optimal results Self-Tanner or Foundation o   Just as you can contour your face with make-up, you can do the same for your arms o   Simply brush on some color where your muscle is Exercise Exercise – Fitness expert Debi Sibler, The Mojo Coach, recommends: o   Closed Armpit Pressbacks
  • Bend at the waist
  • Put your arms close to your side, bend your arms and start with your fists near your shoulders
  • Push your arms back and twist your wrists up without letting your elbows drop
o   Chair Dips
  • Sit on chair
  • Extend your legs straight out
  • Putting all your weight on your hands, lift yourself off the chair
  • Drop your bottom down in front of the chair until your arms are no more than 90 degrees
Take advantage of these tips and tricks for smoother, sleeker Michelle Obama or Kelly Ripa-like arms!    

Tone by Zone Exercise Series – Butt

We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ We've touched on arms and the belly, but for our final post in the series, let's tone that tush! Butt Lift Lie on your back with your knees bent. Squeeze your glutes together while lifting your hips to the ceiling. Slowly bring back down and repeat 20 times. Donkey Kicks Get on all fours. Kick your left leg backwards towards the ceiling, keeping it bent. After 20 kicks, switch legs and repeat. Frog Jump Crouch down into a “frog” position, placing both hands on the ground. Jump up straight, lifting your hands to the ceiling. Repeat 20...
We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ We've touched on arms and the belly, but for our final post in the series, let's tone that tush! Butt Lift
  • Lie on your back with your knees bent.
  • Squeeze your glutes together while lifting your hips to the ceiling.
  • Slowly bring back down and repeat 20 times.
Donkey Kicks
  • Get on all fours.
  • Kick your left leg backwards towards the ceiling, keeping it bent.
  • After 20 kicks, switch legs and repeat.
Frog Jump
  • Crouch down into a “frog” position, placing both hands on the ground.
  • Jump up straight, lifting your hands to the ceiling.
  • Repeat 20 times.
Reference: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/fitness/butt-exercises-apr01#slide-12 [caption id="attachment_1750" align="alignleft" width="300"] Donkey Kicks[/caption]

Tone by Zone Exercise Series – Belly

We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ Last week we focused on 3 arm exercises and said, "Fly away bat wings!" This week, we're saying goodbye to that jiggly jelly belly... Torso Twist Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart. Put both arms straight out to your sides, bend your elbows so that your fists are near your ears. Bring your right knee up and your left elbow down until they nearly meet. Repeat 20 times and switch limbs. Mountain Climber Get into a push-up position. Bring your right knee to your chest. Extend back out and repeat the motion with your left knee. 20 r...
We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ Last week we focused on 3 arm exercises and said, "Fly away bat wings!" This week, we're saying goodbye to that jiggly jelly belly... Torso Twist
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart.
  • Put both arms straight out to your sides, bend your elbows so that your fists are near your ears.
  • Bring your right knee up and your left elbow down until they nearly meet.
  • Repeat 20 times and switch limbs.
Mountain Climber
  • Get into a push-up position.
  • Bring your right knee to your chest.
  • Extend back out and repeat the motion with your left knee.
  • 20 reps per leg.
Side Plank
  • Lie on your side with your legs straight.
  • Prop yourself up with your forearm.
  • Hold the position for 60 seconds and switch sides.
References: http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/workout-routines/tummy-toning-exercises#slide-7 http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/workout-routines/tummy-toning-exercises#slide-2 http://www.active.com/fitness/Articles/8-Killer-Ab-Exercises?page=2 [caption id="attachment_1741" align="alignleft" width="300"] Mountain Climber[/caption]

Tone by Zone Exercise Series – Arms

We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ Let’s start with 3 arm exercises. Fly away bat wings! Circle “T”: Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart. Put both arms straight out to your sides, creating a “T”-shape. Keeping your shoulders down, make 20 clockwise small circle motions. Change direction to counterclockwise and repeat. High “V”: Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart. With 3 to 5 lb. dumbbells in each hand, make a high “V” with your arms. (Pretend like you’re a cheerleader!) Slowly bring down to your hips and then back into a “V.” Do ...
We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ Let’s start with 3 arm exercises. Fly away bat wings!
  1. Circle “T”:
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart.
  • Put both arms straight out to your sides, creating a “T”-shape.
  • Keeping your shoulders down, make 20 clockwise small circle motions.
  • Change direction to counterclockwise and repeat.
  1. High “V”:
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart.
  • With 3 to 5 lb. dumbbells in each hand, make a high “V” with your arms. (Pretend like you’re a cheerleader!)
  • Slowly bring down to your hips and then back into a “V.”
  • Do 20 reps.
  1. Overhead Bend:
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart.
  • With 3 to 5 lb. dumbbells in each hand, extend your right arm over your head and to the left.
  • Switch sides and repeat 25 times.
Tune in next week for the jelly belly series! [caption id="attachment_1734" align="alignnone" width="150"]iStock_000015284746XSmall High "V"[/caption] References: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/arms/exercises/tone-your-arms-in-3-moves/?page=1 http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/arms/exercises/tone-your-arms-in-3-moves/?page=5 http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/arms/exercises/tone-your-arms-in-3-moves/?page=8