It might not be tank top weather now, but the sooner you start preparing, the better you’ll look when the warm weather comes back.
The following exercises can help you build tone in your arms:
- Overhead Triceps Extension – Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your back straight. Use both hands to hold a dumbbell and carefully lift it over your head. Hold your arms so that your elbows form a 90-deegree angle. Push the dumbbell up slowly until your arms are straight and then lower it back into position slowly. Repeat for 10-12 reps. If you haven’t done much lifting in the past, practice your technique with a 5-8 pound weight and then increase the weight after you’ve build up strength and perfected your technique.
- Pushups – This is a great option for those who don’t have any workout equipment. You can do pushups almost anywhere with no equipment. Start on the floor on your hands and knees. Place your hands under your shoulders and extend your legs back. Keep your back straight and lower your body until your arms make a 90-degree angle. Then push your body back up. This basic exercise works your arms, as well as your chest and shoulders.
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- Bodyweight Squats- Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your toes turned slightly out. Keep your arms at your sides while you bend at the knees and hips. Shift your weight to your heels and keep your chin parallel to the floor. Lower yourself until your thighs are parallel to the floor and make sure that your knees don’t extend past your toes. Then slowly move back into standing position.
- Lunges – Stand straight and take a long step forward with your right leg until your thigh is parallel to the floor. Be sure not to extend your knee past your toes. Stand up straight and switch you your left leg.
If you only have time for one area, focus on your core since most core exercises also strengthen other body parts. For example, many yoga poses strengthen your core muscles while engaging your arms, legs, shoulders, and back.
The plank another example of a core exercise that uses your core while strengthening arms and legs.
Exercise is an important part of looking and feeling your best, but it isn’t always enough. For more help sculpting your body and getting the results you want, contact Nowak Aesthetics.