|Tips and Tricks for Lovely Arms|
|Written by Cara Thien|
Summertime means time to tone up your arms!
Summer is almost here, and in just a few short weeks the warm sunshine will give us the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and participate in a variety of activities that only the summer season can inspire! No matter what your plans, your wardrobe is likely going to include shorts, tank tops, bathing suits, sundresses or evening wear. We have a few weeks to put it all together so we can walk into the season feeling confident and exhilarated about our bodies. We want to conquer those special occasions with finesse and style. It does not matter how old you are, what size you are, or what body type you are, you can jump right in and make those changes in a short period of time with the right guidance.
In the fitness industry, we have a toolbox that we rely on to help you. I look at overall balance for my clients. Here are my tips and tricks for lean, toned arms to help you feel great this summer!
Weight Train for Lovely Arms
I suggest weight training at least three times a week and at this point in the year, I have my clients hitting upper body twice a week to create full shoulders and arms that appear toned and defined. Well-developed shoulders not only give you the necessary strength to perform simple everyday tasks, they provide a toned appearance with better posture and minimize the size of your hips. Select weights that will suit the number of reps you will do, and follow the chart below.
Many of these exercises are probably familiar to you; here’s how to perform the exercises you may not be familiar with:
Hydration, Nutrition and Cardio
Another key element in any fitness program is hydration. Your body is 60 percent water and, to perform adequately, requires hydration at a cellular level at all times. This will also decrease bloating or feeling puffy if done correctly. I suggest you begin your day with 500 ml of water as soon as you wake up and continue drinking water evenly throughout the day. I’ve seen this simple step change clients’ bodies dramatically in a few days. We have even seen clients reduce a whole pant size from even hydration.
My next tip is nutrition. This is critical and will likely have the most impact on your body in the shortest amount of time. We suggest that you eat small meals, six times a day with the correct ratios for your daily regimen. Be consistent, eat clean and watch the change!
Finally, the never-ending question: how much cardio should you do? I suggest you weight train first and follow up with your cardio regimen. This alone will start to tighten the skin and help the definition appear in your arms. It won’t take long to see great results just in time for summer!