Spring is fast approaching and the time will be with us soon when we want to don our favourite T-shirt – but oooh – what about showing my arms – you say! While you may be very comfortable with your overall body image, you may also have pondered about ways in which you can get rid of upper arm flab.
The first port of call is to ensure that you are eating a nutritionally balanced diet along with a good amount of water to help flush your system of any toxins. Although this area is an historically challenging area to tone for women– the good news is that there are plenty of exercises that require absolutely no equipment to strike warfare on weak flabby arms.
Tricep Dips: (targets back of the arms, improving the overall shape)
Sit on a heavy chair or bench and place your hands with fingers pointing forward on the edge of the chair.
Now lift your bottom off the chair and lower it towards the floor, keeping your shoulders pulled away from your ears.
Bend your elbows as you lower, and then push back up to the start. You should really feel the back of the arms working hard.
If this seems too easy, walk your feet further from the chair but make sure your bottom stays close to the seat as you lift and lower.
Try doing 3 x 6 repetitions.
Press Ups: (targets your arms, chest, shoulders & tummy)
For the basic press up, kneel on all 4s with your hands just wider than your shoulders. Shift your weight slightly forward, drawing your shoulders gently down your back.
Breathe in and lower your chest towards the floor without letting your lower back dip.
Breathe out as you straighten your arms and push back up.
To increase the challenge, take your hands further away shifting your body weight forward in a straight line (make sure you don’t allow your lower back to drop).
Another bonus to doing these exercises is that it will increase the blood flow to the upper arm area, which in turn will help to reduce any cellulite there.
The Tricep muscle is a 3-part muscle on the back of the upper arm, responsible for most of the pushing movements and helps define toned arms. An important benefit of keeping your upper body strong (apart from the aesthetics) is that you will become more resilient to injury.
Don’t forget not to let your shoulders round forward whilst you read this article!!!