Open Your Arms And Witness A Healthy Outlook

5 Jan

by Phillip Tomlinson

Yup, really.

Really good things.

Take it from the mouths of babes.  And with those little people you get the pure, unvarnished truth.

Every time.

Now, opening your arms can mean a lot of things.  In this case, I’m talking about a feel-good moment — like the one I happened into while at the Bronx Zoo.

It was cute, but much more than that —  long on truth and a healthy attitude.  And the keepers were two, little people, one just learning to walk.

The dark-skinned boy — practicing on wobbly legs — saw his chance and he took it.  Breaking free of his mother’s grasp, he tottered toward an approaching stroller and flung his outstretched arms around its blond occupant who, without skipping a beat, reciprocated in kind.

Reveling in the moment, they hugged for a while and then erupted into giggles.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking.  What does this have to do with you and me?  Everything.

Especially when it comes to opening our arms to feel-good moments which, science has concluded, make us feel happy and calm.

Since, like me, you’d never turn down a moment to be happy and calm, check out the Bodinsync Prescription below.  




    1. Selecting weights you can easily handle, pick up two dumbbells — one in each hand.

Sit on a bench or chair with your legs shoulder width apart and the weights — palms facing in — hanging at your side as in diagram 1.  CAUTION:  If you use a chair, be sure not to sit near the edge because this may cause it to topple, resulting in serious injury.

diagram 1

  1. Curl the weights, palms facing in (hammer position) to a 90-degree angle as in diagram 2.  Hold them for a split second.

    diagram 2

  2. From the curled position, push the weights out in front of you until your arms are straight as in diagram 3.

    diagram 3

  3. Now, open your arms, moving them away from each other out to the side, transforming your body into a cross as in diagram 4. 

    diagram 4

  4. Hold the position and stand up without moving your arms as in diagram 5.

    diagram 5

  5. Sit back down and move your arms back in to assume the position in diagram 3.
  6. Pull the weights back to the curl position in diagram 2.
  7. Lower them back to your sides.  THAT’S ONE REPETITION.  Do 10.


  1. You may have to try a couple of weights before selecting the correct load.
  2. As you begin standing up, resist the urge to bend over, so that you fully recruit your legs.
  3. The closer your feet are to the chair or bench the easier it is to stand up.   Vary the degree of difficulty with your foot placement.


The above is an excerpt from a full-body, multi-joint routine.  If you are interested in trying out some fun and functional ways to improve your physical fitness, you’re welcome to send your E-mail to to arrange for a class at the low introductory price of $20



2 Responses to “Open Your Arms And Witness A Healthy Outlook”

  1. tina January 5, 2012 at 4:21 am #

    Great pictures. The step by step photos made the exercise look doable. I like how this move targets a few muscle groups.

    • Phillip Tomlinson January 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

      I’m glad you’re able to follow exercises more easily. Keep on challenging that body.

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