Health & Fitness
The Right to Bare Arms
Exercising your right to bare arms this summer may not be as tough as you think. Now I have to admit my favorite body part to bare is arms. It probably has nothing to do with the fact that it’s the one body part that I can see the quickest results with when I work out. Just like grapes probably have nothing to do with wine.
Before I had my daughter I was at the gym several times a week. Now I pass the gym several times a week on the way to the jungle bars at the local park. But with the summer sun coming out I always want to bring my guns out too. Let’s face it, the ultimate accessory to that strapless dress, one shoulder shirt or halter top is a nicely toned arm.
I discovered that going sleeveless doesn’t have to mean going to the gym every day. There are many exercises that you can do from home.
Here are a few simple exercises that can tone your arms and get you spaghetti strap ready.
Warm up with a few trips up and down the stairs or around the house putting away the laundry. Throw in vacuuming or sweeping the floor to get those arms limber and ready for a work out.
Do 3 sets of 15 rep arm curls with weights. The size can vary based on what you have available. You can use dumbbells and if you don’t have any you can use your kid.
Do 3 sets of push-ups. Over time you will get better at these. Start with trying to do just 5. Add another push-up each week up to 15 as you get stronger.
Use dumbells or household items that you have two of like laundry detergent. Be careful not to swing your arms wildly. Get a stance with your legs shoulder length apart and bend your knees slightly. Raise your arms laterally for 3 sets of 10 controlled reps.
Find a sturdy surface like your washer or kitchen counter. Ensure the floor is not slick. Stand with your back to the surface. Place your hands behind your back on the surface. Walk your feet out to somewhat of a sitting position. Do 3 sets of 10 tricep dips.
At the gym:
If you want to get out and go to the gym the best arm toning machine is the Rowing Machine. Warm up for a few moments with a brisk walk or jog around the gym track. Stretch your arms and legs. Do 3 sets of 15 reps on the Rowing Machine at a weight that allows you to feel it without hurting.
Join in and play with your kids outside. Basketball is a great arm toning sport to join in on.