Killer Swimsuit Arms in 3 Easy Moves

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If you’re like a lot of women, then arm fat is one of the toughest things when it comes to getting your body in shape (especially for swimsuit season). You can exercise and diet like crazy, but it just doesn’t seem to have any effect on arm fat. If that’s you, then this is for you… a few easy things you can do to start getting the toned arms that you want.

Get Movin’

While you may not think of cardiovascular exercise as a way to help tone-up those arms, it’s a vital part of any muscle toning that you want to do. You can’t just target one part of your body all the time, even if it’s the main trouble area for you. Body fat usually burns away pretty evenly from all over your body. So while the rest of these tips will focus more on your arms, be sure to get in half an hour of cardiovascular exercise about five times a week and remember… it doesn’t have to all be done at once. A ten minute jog here, taking the stairs each time instead of the elevator, etc. It all adds up.

Backward Lifts

While you don’t want to solely focus on one area, you can still work on different areas to improve your muscle tone and strength. Strength training has been proven to increase metabolism, which in turn will speed up fat loss.

First of all, you’re going to need some dumbbells. One big one or two small ones will do, which ever you have handy or whichever you prefer. Now stretch out your arms behind you. Your hands should be positioned just a little behind your upper thighs. If using one dumbbell then both hands will be holding it. If you’re using two little ones then one should be in each hand.

Now slowly lift as high as possible without it becoming uncomfortable (remember to keep your arms straight). Lower and repeat. You don’t want to try to lift higher than what’s comfortable or you are risking muscle strain and injury.

Side Lifts

Two small dumbbells are better for side lifts. With one I each hand, let your arms hang naturally by your side. Your hands should be touching the outer thighs. Lift your arms straight out until you reach shoulder height, lower and repeat. Again, it should not cause pain. If it does, you’re likely using dumbbells that are too heavy. Try using lighter weight ones or you can lift to a lower height.

Overhead Lifts

Many women have the hardest time with saddle-bags… that pesky fat underneath the upper arms. A very effective way to target this is with overhead lifts. With this, two small dumbbells or one large is fine. Put your arms up and bend your elbows so that your hands are behind your head. Lift your dumbbells by extending your arms straight up. As usual, don’t over do it. This is a more advanced training lift, so just do a few or as many as you can that’s comfortable.

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