#LazyGirl: Get Toned Arms Without Even Standing Up!
Sharon AlphonsoLifestyle and Beauty Writer, POPxo
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Hardcore gymming isn’t your cup of tea? Don’t worry! You’re in luck - there are simpler ways of getting getting rid of flabby arms, while staying within the comfort of your home (and your chair!). These exercises require minimal effort and can be done with you not even having to lift a leg! All you have to do: sit up straight and read what we have to tell you very attentively. Here are 6 power exercises that will help you attain those dreamy, super-toned arms. Get working!
1. Start With Seated Punches
This is a basic warm-up exercise for the arms. It does not require you to bend or even stand. All you need is a chair you can sit straight on. It focuses on building arm strength, stretching your muscles and reducing arm fat.
Step 1: On a chair, make sure you’re sitting in a straight posture, keeping your backbone as upright as possible.
Step 2: Now, start throwing a few punches in the air.
Step 3: Make sure your punches are quick and swift, and you pull them back with force.
Step 4: After every minute, change the direction of the punch - punch forward, move to the sides and finally punch high.
2. Jumping Jacks Never Hurt Anybody
Did you know that jumping jacks can be done while sitting too? Well, surprise surprise! This exercise has a positive impact on your joints, burns fat and improves flexibility. AND, it’s so simple that anyone can do it!
Step 1: Sit on the edge of your chair.
Step 2: Open and close your arms and legs, in the same way you’d open and close them if you were doing the standing jumping jack.
Step 3: While you’re doing this, make sure you increase your pace gradually.
Do it: Once a day for 10-15 minutes.
3. Give Arm Circles A Shot
This exercise is perfect for getting rid of that nasty underarm bulge AND toning your arms. It also focuses on strengthening and sculpting your back muscles and biceps.
Step 1: While sitting, make sure your spine is erect.
Step 2: Slowly extend your arms to your sides till they’re at shoulder height.
Step 3: Start rotating your arms in a forward direction by doing 50-60 round circles at once.
Step 4: After doing that, rotate them in the backward direction.
Do it: Twice a day for 10 minutes.
4. Chair Band To The Rescue!
If you have an elastic broad-band lying around the house, this is a good time to make use of it. This exercise is tiring, but the results are amazing! It helps burn fat, build biceps and muscle.
Step 1: Place the resistance band under your feet.
Step 2: Stretch the band and pull it upwards by firmly holding onto it.
Step 3: Bring it back slowly to initial position.
Step 4: Do this exercise for 10 counts.
Do it: Once a day for 5-10 minutes.
5. Playtime With The Medicine Ball
The medicine ball helps one focus energy on a particular spot. Since the medicine ball is light, this exercise is not very stressful. It focuses on burning arm fat but also strengthens your grip and improves concentration.
Step 1: Hold the medicine ball at chest level.
Step 2: Now, squeeze the ball, putting all your force into contracting your chest and arm muscles.
Step 3: Slightly push the medicine ball forward.
Step 4: Now, gently bring the ball back towards your chest.
Do it: Once a day for 15-20 minutes.
6. Give Seated Press-Ups A Shot
This one’s super simple to do, and very effective. Press-ups can be done by just keeping still and maintaining a straight posture. It helps making the muscles around your shoulder and biceps strong, and burning fat.
Step 1: Sit on the edge of your chair, keeping your palms glued to the sides of the seat.
Step 2: Press the sides as if you were about to lift yourself up (you don’t actually have to lift your entire body up, just do that motion to put stress on your upper-arm muscles).
Step 3: Hold that position for 3-5 counts, and release slowly.