Sunday, May 2, 2010

Want Hot Arms?

Then Head to the Bedroom!
By JJ Virgin

Of course, the right exercises are crucial for shaping slim and sexy arms but this is only one part of my integrated program for creating the arms and body of your dreams. You must also snooze or you will lose. It's crucial to get your 7-9 hours of quality sleep nightly in order to give your body the time to recover and rebuild. I am sharing three of my top tips from my new book,Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy, available for preorder on, that you can put into action right away.

1. Set your alarm clock before you go to sleep. Most of us are used to groaning when the alarm rings in the wee hours of the morning. Instead, I want you to set your alarm to ring an hour before a reasonable bedtime. This is your signal to power down your night. This means you turn the TV off, shut down the computer and turn off your cell phone (or put it in another room). Don't do anything that will rev you up or that's stimulating to your mind including phone calls, work, watching the news or cleaning up the house. This is time to take it down several notches.

2. Create a sleep ritual. Don't make going to sleep a haphazard nightly event. Create a sleep routine, which might include having that alarm go off each night at 9 p.m. and then the bathroom, the toothbrush and the half hour of reading in your cool, dark bedroom. Or perhaps you will take a hot bath, sip some herbal tea or listen to soothing music like Enya or Jim Brickman. It's your prelude to a peaceful 7 to 9 hours of unbroken, quality sleep. Half an hour later, you're under that nice comforter and the lights are off. Inform your family of this ritual. Unless the house is burning down, no one is to disturb you.

3. Get up at the same time each day. Your body is a creature of habit. Get it in the habit of waking at a certain time each day and make sure that becomes your routine. Soon, you won't even need an alarm clock in the morning because your rested body will naturally wake up, energized, to start a new day.

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