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Hey there everyone. I'm Gabby, sister Bertha's northern cousin. I'm going to be taking your questions now. I hope I can be of help to all you amazing readers, so please don't hesitate to let me know what is bothering you.

Now keep sendin' in those letters to me at and make sure you mark it Attention: Dear Gabby.

This months letter....

Dear Gabby,

Hi Gabby. I love your advice. I wonder if you could help me. I want to start exercising and have started walking about my house but I don't know what else to do. I'm afraid to go to a gym because of all the skinny athletic people who will probably stare at me and make fun of me. What can I do?

Gabby's Response:

Hey there and thanks for the perk-me-up.

I know exactly how you feel. It took me a long time to actually go to a gym and the one that I finally joined is perfect for me. Enough about me though, let's talk about you.

Now, first and foremost, remember that I am no expert on these matters and I strongly suggest that you seek the help of an on-line trainer or something along those lines. Any exercise where your arms are above your heart and are moving is considered an aerobic (cardio) exercise. So, with that being said, put on some music that will get you moving; sit or stand; and let the music move you. Be sure to move the upper body and arms. Anything that gets your heartrate elevated is good. Start out slowly and listen to your body. Go at your own pace.

So many of the exercises you could do in a gym with weights you could do at home. If you can't or don't want to use weights, then you don't have to. Start without them. I suggest you go on-line and find a site that can give you examples of exercises that will help your tri-ceps, bi-ceps, shoulders, back and so much more and many of them could be done to start out with sitting in a chair. You can also get resistance bands with different tensions that you can use instead of weights.

How do I know these things? Because that is how I started and now I am a member of a fantastic gym and have a personal trainer and I am doing things that I never thought I could and feeling (most days) so much better about who I am.

I hope this helps and please let me know how you're getting on. The only one who can take care of you is you.


Love, Gabby

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