My arms jiggle. I have met many women who flat out refuse to wear a tank top in the summer because of the extra skin along the back of their arm. They find it embarrassing and become increasingly self-conscious about it. I have heard it called many things… wings, flab, none of the names being particularly endearing and I get asked the same question, “how do I get rid of it?!”
Well, there’s some good news and some bad news.
The good news is I am going to show you three exercises that can help you tone your arms to get rid of some of the dreaded jiggle. The bad news is that there are some changes in the skin that happens with age that will make prevent us from losing that skin entirely. That extra skin is just something we need to embrace!
But for the changes we can make, here are 3 exercises every woman should incorporate to tone up her arms.
What you need: A pair of weights!
1. Get moving with some cardio!
Not what you were expecting? The saying goes, we can’t spot fat reduce and this is true. What that means is that we need to decrease overall body fat in order to be able to get some of the unwanted fat behind the arms to go away too. Add an extra walk in every week, park further away to burn an extra calorie or two, hit an extra aerobics class – you can do it!
2. Tricep Kickbacks
So even though we can’t spot fat reduce, we can make the muscle underneath the skin pop, giving that nice toned look. Find a weight that is challenging enough that you are feeling the burn by the end of the set. With your back nice and straight, and arm tucked beside you, straighten your arm behind you. Squeeze the muscle on the back of your arm.
Do 3 sets of 8 at a weight that feels challenging. Going through the motions but not feeling the burn won’t give you the desired result! Feel easy? Up it!
3. Bicep Curls
Getting both sides of the arm stronger will be important for giving your arms that sleek look! Grab a weight and starting with your arm by your side. Keeping your elbow by your side bring your arm up to your shoulder, squeeze the muscle on the front of your arm
Do 3 sets of 8 at a weight that again feels challenging!
Try these at home.
Starting to get easy? Increase the weights you use or try to add reps every week!
Let me know how it’s going! Tweet me @christinanowak3