As the temperature climbs and sun is shining brightly, it’s time for tank top season! Many women, however, are understandably self-conscious about their arms and shoulders. Maybe your arms aren’t toned enough that you feel comfortable wearing a tank top during those hot days of summer. On the other hand, there are exercises you can do to get your arms toned and fit. Many of these exercises can be done at home so you don’t need a gym nearby. With these exercises, you will have sleek, toned arms in no time!
- Tricep Dips – Using a bench or other piece of furniture, position your arms so that they are on the edge and shoulder-width apart. Extend your legs out in front of you, making sure that your backside is off the bench. Slowly bend your arms towards the floor until your elbows are at a 90-degree angle. Using your arms, raise your body back to the starting position. This exercise targets the muscles on the back of your upper arms.
- Arm Raises – This exercise specifically targets your trapezius muscle which runs from your neck and shoulder down the back. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart holding a dumbbell in both hands with the palms facing towards your body. Extend your arms out to shoulder height and then lower. Be sure to keep your arms straight and your shoulders down.
- Bicep Curls and Shoulder Press – Targeting your biceps and shoulders, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Hold one dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing outward and next to your thighs. Curl the dumbbells up. Once they are shoulder height, rotate your hands so that the palms face outward. Lift the dumbbells up over your head, then return to the starting position.
- Boxing – If you don’t have dumbbells or have problems with your elbows or wriss, a good exercise to tone your arms is to box the air. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your knees bent and your waist slightly forward. Keeping your elbows up, box your right arm forward and then your left.
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