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Arm Exercises For Women To Get Rid Of Loose Skin

Aug 5, 2008
It can be a sign of age or weight loss, but many women develop loose skin under their arms that they desperately want to get rid of. These arm exercises for women are a way to help women be rid of, or at least lessen these so called "batwings."

Before we start, don't expect miracles. If you have lost a lot of weight and have excessive loose skin, no exercise will get rid of it all. But what you will be doing is increasing your muscle size, meaning you'll have less loose hanging skin. But just as important is the fact that you'll see an improvement in your strength also. And if you add one simple accessory, you'll lessen your belly fat as well.

Just add a Pilates ball to the routine for the extra benefits. This large, rubber, air filled ball is sometimes known as a stabilization ball. That's because if you do the routine on the ball you'll be forced to stabilize yourself. That means using just about all the muscles in your body. The extra benefits make using the ball well worth the extra effort that is needed to do the workout.

Here's what you are going to do. Start with a couple of free weights, somewhere between 3 and 5 pounds. You'll need one dumbbell for each hand. We recommend adding the stabilization ball as well but this is optional.

Get yourself balanced while sitting on the stool or ball while holding one weight in each hand. Once you feel comfortable, complete these steps:

While keeping your upper arms running parallel with the floor, bend your elbow up so that your lower arm and hand are pointing to the sky and at a 90 degree angle with your upper arm. You should be sitting up straight and may feel your back stretching also.

You'll begin this exercise by lifting your upper arms to the sky and straightening your elbows. You'll look a little like a referee signaling a touchdown in football. Be sure your palms are facing each other. If you are on a Pilates ball, you'll probably feel your stomach tighten since you will be working to keep your balance.

Next you want to lower the weights slowly behind your head until your elbows are bent and pointing to the ceiling. Keeping this simple motion slow is important for two reasons. First you'll reduce the chance of injury. And second, if you're moving too fast the weights will simply be falling and you won't be using your muscles.

Next you will lift the weights back over your head. Again this is done slowly. Repeat this motion 10 to 12 times, take short rest, and do it again 10 to 12 times. If possible try to do three sets of 10 reps. You'll feel a small burning in your biceps and triceps. This is good as it tells you that you are doing the exercise right and giving your muscles a proper workout.

If doing three sets seems too easy, then you need to increase the weight you are holding by a pound or two.

Do this every day and your flabby skin will soon start to be filled with muscle. But if these exercises are difficult for you, don't be afraid to start out easier. Use less weight and work your way up. Do fewer reps or sets and again, gradually increase them. Get rid of the Pilates ball and add it later when you become stronger. If you start out too hard you may get frustrated and give up. Then obviously you won't see any results. Just be aware that by not using the ball and lowering the amount of weight, the exercise will be easier but the results will come slowly. You will however, still get results.

These arm exercises for women are great, whether you are looking to reduce batwings or simply get stronger and look more toned. Do them and you'll soon be looking and feeling better.
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To learn more about exercises for women visit abdominal-and-thigh-exercises.com. You'll find out about the best exercise equipment and discover a simple inner thigh exercise as well.
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