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How can I tone my body and get rid of stretch marks?

Q: I am 21 years old. I had put on a lot of weight in my early teens and then drastically lost weight again. Due to this, my body is sagging, especially my arms & stomach and there are stretch marks all over my body. I have a Golfer's elbow due to which I cannot do any weight training exercises to tone up my body because my elbow swells up. I consulted a doctor who advised body massage for around 6 months and also some yoga exercises for toning. Will all this really help? I am pretty worried about my condition and want to tone up my body and get rid of my stretch marks.

A:Drastic weight reductions do give the kind of problem you are facing. For stretch marks, I suggest you use a moisturising cream daily and it will take you 6-10 months to get rid of the stretch marks. Massage and yoga will help you to relax. If you want to tone up your muscles, you will have to exercise. Since you have a golfers elbow, I suggest you do swimming thrice a week and you can do biceps curls and shoulder rotation exercises in water which should help you. You can try a thicker grip for playing golf and this could reduce your problem in the long run.

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