Set on wearing sleeveless this summer? It might be a good time to check on that armpit fat.
The jiggly bit of flab that hangs off your arm and underarm isn’t easy to lose, but you can build the muscles in certain areas to make it appear tighter. A combination of cardio for fat burning and arm-toning strength-training moves to target the muscles of the arms, shoulders and upper body should do the trick. A reduced-calorie diet is essential to shed this excess weight.
Exercises we recommend
Push-ups Most effective exercises for developing the arms and upper body. Lie on your belly on the ground with your legs straight and your feet flexed so your toes are braced on the floor. Place your hands underneath your shoulders with your elbows bent and held close to the sides of your body. Using the muscles of your arms and upper body, extend your arms to lift your chest and hips off the ground. Lower your body as close as possible to the ground without touching it by bending your elbows. Straighten your arms to return to the elevated position. Perform four sets of 20 to 30 push-ups.
Plank Elbow Raises Strengthen your upper body and core. Get into a plank position by lying on your stomach. Your palms and elbows should be flat on the floor. Raise your body in a straight line as in the push-up position. Engaging your core muscles, push forward from your toes and lift your body and arms off the floor. Lower your body and arms slowly back to the starting position. Perform three sets of 20 to 30 repetitions.
Triceps Dips Sit just on the edge of a chair, bench or bed. Place your hands beside you with your fingers hanging off the chair. Keeping your feet together, move them about 1 foot in front of you to create a 90-degree bend in your knees. Lift your hips by straightening your arms and shifting your weight off the chair. Bend your arms at the elbow and lower your hips just below the height of the chair. Straighten your arms to return to the starting position. Perform three sets of 20 to 30 repetitions.
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Skipping Cheap, it can be done anywhere and is a great cardio workout. As you lift your body’s weight, you also move your arms in circular motion which increases arm activity.
Stretching Just do it when you can, don’t wait for workout time. Try interlocking your fingers behind your head and stretching your arms upwards. Make sure the elbows are behind your head. Now, bend your waist right for a few seconds and repeat the same on the left. Keep your arms stretched and straight.
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