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Quick And Easy: How To Get Rid Of Arm Fat For Good

Quick And Easy: How To Get Rid Of Arm Fat For Good

We’ve all seen in. The moment our grandmother or elderly aunt raises her hand to wave and that flap of skin under her arms wobbles back and forth in a good-bye wave all it’s own. The product of not using the tricep muscle–the muscle making up most of your arm–or storing extra body fat along in the upper body.

Excess body fat is stored in the arms

In today’s world women aren’t lifting and moving heavy objects nearly as much as they did a hundred years ago by helping their husbands on the farm. However, it doesn’t mean we’re not still busting a move in the world, it just means we’re doing it in a different way. Without all the heavy work, one of the places a woman (and some men) are more likely to store excess body fat is on the arms, especially the triceps. Prevent the unsightly wobble of under-used muscle, and the unsightly fold of excess fat on the arms with these great exercises. The perk, not only will your arms look great, but you’ll be stronger and fully confident in rocking your tank tops and sleeveless shirts this summer.

Getting rid of flab doesn’t have to be tough

However, getting rid of the dreaded batwing-wave can be a lot more fun (and easy) than simply doing thousands of dips off of the edge of the coffee table every night. Below I’ve included three different aspects of the arm you need to make sure to work to keep balanced, and, as  a bonus, a 12-minute arm workout video which will help you fry arm fat really quickly.

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As you’re preparing to shape up for this summer’s arm-baring season, keep in mind the following ideas for a not only arm workouts, but also, to keep you in great shape all year round.

1) Work the shoulder muscles

shoulders

    Working the shoulder muscles helps to balance proportions. Remember the shoulder pads fashion in the 80s and 90s? Designed to make women look broader through the upper body? Working the deltoids or shoulder muscles create the same effect. By boosting the shoulder muscle your waist will look thinner and you’ll create more of the hourglass shape. Look for workout programs which include exercises like front raises, lateral raises, shoulder presses, and rear deltoid lifts.  Check out this 15 minute shoulder workout to get you started.

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    2) Work the Bicep

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      The bicep is the front of the arm, it’s your curling muscle and essential to any pulling movements you may be making. By working the bicep you ensure you won’t have a muscle imbalance, it’s important to work both the front and the back of the arm to keep it looking shapely and to keep your strength well rounded. The bicep is one of your primary movers when your lifting your kids up to balance on your hip. This muscle also adds shape to your arm as it separates the arm from the shoulder and ensures you won’t look like you have stick arms in your tank tops. Look for workouts with bicep curls, concentration curls, pulling motions, hammer curls. Want to have beautiful arms? Try these 5 bicep exercises for women.

      3) Work the Triceps from various angles

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        The triceps make up about two-thirds of your arm! Since it makes up most of your arm, make sure you’re spending a little bit of time here and with a variety of exercises. Being the largest muscle group in your arm, the tricep has what’s known as three different heads, and you’re going to want to make sure your exercises hit all three heads to ensure the beautiful arms your deserve.

        Your tricep assists in pressing or pushing exercises, such and bench press, push-ups,  overhead pressing exercises, etc. On it’s own, it helps to extend the arm and is important to creating a well-balanced arm. To make sure you’re getting a well-rounded tricep workout look for exercises such as over-head tricep extensions, kickbacks, push-downs, lying extensions, etc. Get ready to go sleeveless with this tricep workout.

        Combine all three workouts for beautiful arms

        If it’s leaner and tank top worthy arms your looking for, then keep in mind these three simple tips when you’re looking for a workout. Even more so, realize when it comes to women and excess fat on their arms it can also mean a hormonal imbalance such as too much testosterone. While you’re implementing your workout program make sure to put just as mush emphasis on quality sleep (at least 8 hours or more a night), manage your stress levels, and make sure you’re eating high quality meat without added hormones in it. Furthermore, keep in mind you need to eat plenty of high quality protein in order to build muscle and burn fat.

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        Now, since I know you’re super busy, as a bonus I’ve included a complete workout to burn your arm fat fast in only 12 minutes. I posted the video below! Enjoy!! I can’t wait to hear how you’re rocking your toned arms!

        PHOTO CREDITS: Shoulder Press via www.bestworkoutplansforwomen.net, bicep curl mtoome/istock/gettysimages, Tricep Extensions www.2createabody.com

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        Last Updated on September 18, 2020

        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

        Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

        Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

        1. Exercise Daily

        It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

        If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

        Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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        If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

        2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

        Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

        One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

        This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

        3. Acknowledge Your Limits

        Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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        Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

        Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

        4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

        Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

        The basic nutritional advice includes:

        • Eat unprocessed foods
        • Eat more veggies
        • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
        • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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        Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

          5. Watch Out for Travel

          Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

          This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

          If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

          6. Start Slow

          Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

          If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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          7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

          Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

          My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

          If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

          I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

          Final Thoughts

          Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

          Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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          Featured photo credit: Alexander Redl via unsplash.com

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