Top Exercises to Tone Arms: We’d be lying if we say we don’t want beautiful, slim and toned arms. Arms are such a neglected part of our body, yet out of shape or bulky arms make us feel uncomfortable about ourselves. Arms like Katrina Kaif are goals! And you’ll be surprised to know that guns like her totally achievable – with the help of some easy exercises. Arm workout can either be a part of your overall routine or if you need to work on them specifically, you can do them entirely as a standalone workout.
It’s a hard exercise only if you set unrealistic goals like 100 pushups in one go. And is the best workout in the world if you set easy and achievable goals like 20 pushups a day. Yes, this is all it takes. 20 pushups a day will give you amazing results.
How to: Get in high plank position, palms on the ground and in line with shoulders, toes comfortably apart, back flat. Make sure your hips are not outwards – this is important. Now, slowly lower your body as much as you can. The idea is to touch your nose on the ground, but don’t worry – do as much as is comfortable, and strive to go deeper every time. Push back up. This completes one push up.
The main focus of this exercise is your abdomen and arms. If you place your hands wide apart, the better it is for the torso; and the closer to each other your palms are – it benefits the arms more. But both the extremes are pretty hard to do. So this is just an option. Standard pushups work fine and will give you killer arms nonetheless.
And no, you will not get bulky wrestler like arms with this – that is a misconception. Pushups result in toned, feminine arms.
Triangular push ups
To make the hard closed palm pushups easy, you can do the triangular pushups, which are nothing but a watered down version of the former.
How to: Lay on the ground, legs apart for support. Now hold only your upper body up on your arms and bring your hand’s closer (join them). Lower your body – slowly or intensely however you like. Try to bring your chest close to your hands. Push back up.
To make this a complete arm focused exercise, the idea is to rest the lower body, so that it doesn’t unnecessarily use up the energy that it does in a standard push up. So now you can do work solely and freely with your arms while your legs rest. This works mostly on the triceps. Aim for at least 40 pushups a day.
Now, this is if you have weights/dumbles lying around or you are willing to purchase a pair. You can completely skip this if you do not have and/or are not interested in buying them.
How to: There are many ways to lift weights to tone your arms. One of the easy and simple ones is to simply hold the weights over your head and bring them down to your head in the way that your elbows align with your shoulders.
This amazing workout tones not only the biceps and triceps but also the shoulders. But be careful with the weights, do not try to hold weights that too heavy for you. 20 reps a day is good enough.
Okay, this may look too easy and you might worry if it’ll do any good at all. But don’t, because it is a great workout to achieve those toned levers.
How to: Simply hold yourself in the plank position, and bring one of your arms down by placing your elbow to the ground, while outstretching your hand forward. Then bring the other down the same way. Bring the first arm up to the starting position by pushing up. Do the same for the other arm.
Do this for at least a minute every day. You will feel the effect in your arms and also in the stomach if you’re doing it right. This is actually a pretty fun exercise and great for beginners.
These are some easy, yet effective exercises that are sure to kill all the flab and give you beautiful arms. You can either choose one and go with it or do a mix of all these. I personally suggest tweaking the time/reps on each and mixing it up, so that you are always surprising your body.
The goal is to work out at least 5 continuous minutes a day solely on arms and do it 3 or 5 times a week, depending on the intensity of the workout and how much your body can take. Do not overdo it. Keep working out and enjoying yourself while doing it and you’ll get to flaunt those beautiful arms in no time at all.