2 exercises to tighten up flabby arms

Many people suffer from flabby arms with hanging skin. Really, this is something that affects everyone, but some people find it more troubling than others. If your sagging arms are a problem for you, if it bothers you to the point that you’re not wearing certain clothes, or don’t feel comfortable in public, then we’re going to change that. We‘re going to give you the confidence to wear a tank top – yes, a tank top.

Everyone has arm flab that sags

As we age, it is normal to see our figures change. Starting around age 25 (already!), the collagen in your skin begins to degrade. At age 30, we experience reduced muscle mass, and as we approach 50, the skin gets looser and softer and starts to sag. This is especially noticeable in the arms.

exercises to tighten up flabby arms

Also read: Is it possible to lose weight after 50?

Fortunately, you can slow down the effects of aging by adopting a healthy lifestyle. In this article we will look at three exercises to tighten your arm flab, even if you have droopy skin. So, get ready: we’re going to work out! I promise you won’t look like Arnold Schwarzenegger.

How to stop the skin on your arms from sagging 

The sag in your arms is the result of an imbalance between the amount of muscle and skin there. Basically, the less muscle there is, the more noticeable your loose skin. So, you’ll need to build some arm muscle. This muscle will add shape, tighetening the skin.  

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What NO to do: go on a diet. Losing weight will only make the problem worse.

Read also: Dieting is a bad idea

2 exercises to tighten up flabby arms

We will focus mainly on strengthening the biceps and triceps. You don’t need any equipment, just everyday objects from around the house.

1.      The Dips

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This exercise uses your own body weight. The advantage is that it can be scaled to your individual capabilities. We will come back to this.

To perform a Dip, you need an elevated surface: a bench, a step, a partial wall, the edge of the bed, or the sofa, the coffee table, etc. In short, something you probably have within arm’s 😉 reach.

How to do it:

Start seated on the bench (or the support of your choice). Place your hands on the bench beside you with your fingers pointing forward, in the same direction as your eyes.

Then, extend your legs forward.

Using your hands to support your weight, lift your butt from the bench and move your hips forward.

The goal of this exercise is to slowly lower your butt as close to the ground as possible without letting it touch.  To do this, bend your elbows and keep your back close to the bench.

Then push with your arms to return to the starting position. During the exercise, try to keep your elbows close to your ribs.  

The straighter your legs, the more difficult the exercise is. To start, keep your legs bent – this will already be intense.

Dips © Fitness Coach video

2.      The Commandos

This exercise is also very effective; in just a few weeks you will already see a difference.

How to do it:

Start in plank position (supporting yourself on your toes and forearms). It is important to engage your abdominal belt and align your pelvis so that you are not placing pressure on your back.

Once in place, you will switch from the forearm plank to a hand plank.

To do this, lift your arms one after the other. Place your hands where your elbows just were.

Then switch back to your forearms.

Switch back and forth between your hands and forearms for 30 seconds – or 45 seconds or more, if you feel up to it. Perform 3 sets, with 30 seconds of rest between.

During the exercise, focus also on the rest of your body, on holding it as straight as possible. Ideally, you should be able to put something on your back without it falling off! For the more experienced, you can add a weight to increase the difficulty.

Commando © Fitness Coach video

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