Up In Arms: Tone Your Arms Without Weights

by Gabrielle Ozynski

By Angela Bekiaris:  Weight training is a great way to stay in shape, but if you’re looking to tone those arms without weights, it’s possible too. Here are some of the fun ways to get those arms looking slim, shaped and sexy! gaim.com helps us out…..
1. Push-ups: Everyone can do a push-up. You might need some assistance at first, to make sure your body is aligned correctly, but push-ups can be done anywhere and at any time. Keep your feet together with your toes pointed down and your hands shoulder-width apart. The entire length of your body should run parallel to the ground. Your hips and back should be flat. This alignment needs to be maintained as you bend your elbows and lower your body to within an inch or so of the floor. Then reverse this motion and repeat.

2. Arm circles: These target triceps, biceps and shoulders. While standing straight with your feet flat on the ground and arms extended out to the side at a 90-degree angle to your body, start moving your arms in small, fast circles forward. Do as many rotations as you can and then reverse the motion, doing as many circles as you can in the reverse direction. Take a break and repeat two more times. If you need to sit, make sure your feet are flat on the ground and your back is straight.

3. Tricep dip: Simple and effective. While sitting on a chair, grip the edge of the seat with your hands and stretch your legs out in front of you. Move your body forward so that your feet are flat, your arms are bent behind you holding you up, and your body is extended above the ground. Slowly raise and lower your body using your triceps. Do three sets of 15.

4. Pull-ups: Your upper body will benefit here. To perform pull-ups correctly, place your hands shoulder-width apart on the horizontal bar. Next, raise your body until your chin is just over the bar’s level. Then ease your body back down and repeat.

5. Plank: A great way to tone flabby arms, like a push-up, you will need to position your body horizontal to the ground, but keep your body in this position for 30 seconds or more to work your arms. Make sure your wrists are directly under your shoulders and your back is in a straight line.

6. Downward dog: For this pose, your body will form a reverse V-shape with your heels pressed down or close to the floor and your hands flat on the floor. Ideally, your spine will follow a straight line toward the ground with your hips pressed back. You may need to bend your knees to keep your body in the reverse V-shape. Use your arms to push your weight back toward your heels and make sure you’re not rounding your back. Just like plank pose, you can give yourself more of a challenge by lowering your forearms to the ground and holding the position.

Courtesy of www.gaim.com

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