It’s that time of the year when we’re all dying to go sleeveless. But the one thing we would all love to have to rock our summery outfits like a boss is toned arms! If you’re feeling less than happy with your muscle tone, here are 6 super-simple arm exercises to get in shape.
Yes, you can do it!
1. Lift Those Weights
Lifting weights is your answer to getting those perfect arms and shoulders. For this exercise, you can use a dumbbell or a 2-litre water bottle. Stand with your legs spread, your shoulders relaxed, and tummy muscles tighetened. Using one or both arms, slowly start lifting up the weights. One word: repeat!
2. Do The Arm Circles
This one’s really simple. Stand with your feet apart. Slowly spread your arms out to the sides at shoulder height. Keep your shoulders relaxed and gently move your arms in a circular motion. Start slowly and then increase the pace.
3. Try The Tricep Dip
You will need a chair or a bench for this exercise. Gently place your hands on the chair, with your backside at the edge of the seat. Your legs should be bent and planted firmly on the floor and your arms should be straight. Now bend your elbows slightly, and lower your body towards the floor. You will notice that after you do this, your arms will automatically get into a 90-degree angle. After that, slowly push yourself back up, count till 5, and go for it again! (Doing this on a regular basis will improve posture, and tone both your legs and arms.)
4. Power Through The Push-Up
Push-ups are one of the best exercises to get your arms in shape. Lay a yoga mat on the floor, and lie face down. Plant both palms and feet on the floor and slowly lift your body, using only your arms for support, and then lower yourself again - without letting bending your back when you’re lifting yourself up or collapsing to the floor when you’re lowering your body. It might feel like hell at the beginning, but this is a SUPER exercise for toning your arms!
5. Try The One Arm Push-Up
This is similar to push-ups, but the difference is that instead of two arms you’ll be using only one arm to support your weight. This is a tough one to master, though - try it only when you’re fully comfortable with managing the regular push-up routine.
6. Perfect The Tricep Kickback
You will need a dumbbell for this one. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Make sure your back is straight and keep your shoulders relaxed. Now hold a weight in each hand. Bring your elbows to your waist and slowly extend your arm backwards. Then, gently straighten out your arm. Alternate arms.
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