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Smarter You: Easy Moves to Banish Flabby Arms

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I am now in my 40s, and I've noticed a few things about this decade. More gray hair, and a few more aches, as well as a nice boost in my inner confidence. Another thing that I can tell - it takes a little more effort to beat a few extra pounds put on during vacation and a few extra bits of exercise to tone up. One of those places I'm always battling: the back of my arms, that triceps area. It's a tough spot for many of us, right?

The thing is, getting that area toned actually doesn't take fancy diets or machines. The main thing - eat some good lean protein and salads, drink lots of water (you know, a good, ol' healthy eating plan) and then do a few basic moves every day. The key? Doing them consistently and having really good form.

I found a few ideas at Fitness Magazine as well as Lifehacker to guide my road to toned arms, and here's what I'm doing:

-- Do 25 jumping jacks to get my heart rate up.

-- Basic arm circles. Stand with feet shoulder width apart and small dumbbells in each hand (if you don't have weights, you can use canned beans or something). Have your arms straight out to the sides and do 20 small circles inward and then 20 arm circles backwards.

-- Jog in place for 3 minutes for that ol' heart rate boost.

-- Basic Shoulder Press. Stand and bend your elbows with hands by your ears, holding weights. Press up, straight to over your head (but keep those shoulders down and relaxed) and then bring the weights back down to ear level.

-- Do 30 knee lifts.

-- Standing push-ups. Stand by the kitchen counter and grab onto the edge, feet a few feet back and hands about shoulder width apart. Tighten your abs and tush and lower yourself down and then back. As you do it, be sure to keep your elbows tight to the body, not flared out, and go as far down to the counter as you can keeping your body straight.

-- Stretch. This is key to muscle and joint heath. Stretching after will maintain that lean look and help keep that soreness at bay.

Do you need to tone your arms? Any great moves you have found to help get them in shape?

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by on Jul. 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Replies (31-40):
Stevensmomma
by Platinum Member on Jul. 21, 2013 at 10:37 AM
Thanks for the tips
Hottmomma607
by Trica on Jul. 21, 2013 at 2:20 PM
I do planks&weights.
In my Zumba&Beliraq classes we do lots of arm movements to help tone our arms.
alliesmom112
by on Jul. 21, 2013 at 9:06 PM
I need to work on my arms.
Ladyisis
by Jenn on Jul. 21, 2013 at 9:59 PM

I need to tone my arms and these all sound easy to do. Thanks for sharing these great tips. I plan on doing some of these. :)

bwsmommy
by Platinum Member on Jul. 21, 2013 at 10:00 PM

I so need to get rid of the extra flab on my arms ! Ive not found anything that works yet .. granted ive not tried anything either !

Apr1l
by Platinum Member on Jul. 21, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Yoga helps me
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Rushn311
by on Jul. 21, 2013 at 11:15 PM

I need to tone everything 

alf2651
by Amanda on Jul. 21, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Thanks for sharing.

Luvmybooskies
by Tiff on Jul. 22, 2013 at 8:19 AM

My arms aren't really a problem area for me.

GypsiSky
by Platinum Member on Jul. 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Great share!

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