If you’re looking for easy ways to tone upper arms, I’ve found seven simple ways you can get your arms fit and toned! With summer coming up and spring just around the corner, we can start getting our arms ready for those sun dresses, tanks and swimsuits! Don’t be fooled, although these are simple ways to tone upper arms, you’ll still get impressive results as if you followed some complicated workout!
1. Arm Circles
One of the easiest ways to tone upper arms and shoulders is to do arm circles. The best thing about them is that you can do them just about anywhere! I like to do them while I’m on the treadmill or while watching TV. All you do is stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your arms stretched out to the side at shoulder height. Keep your shoulders down and do 20 circles forward and backward, making sure you keep the shoulders down.
2. Standing Push-ups
This next exercise is another easy way to tone upper arms and triceps. All you need is a wall and you’re going to stand in front of the wall with your arms stretched out at shoulder level. Place your palms on the wall and bend at the elbows just as if you would do a regular push-up. Do about 20 reps and work up to 50, you can do these exercises at multiple times throughout the day and just about anywhere!
3. Steering Wheel Press
Do you have a long commute in the morning? Make good use of that time behind the wheel by doing steering wheel presses! All you do is place your palms on the steering wheel at 3 and 9 o’clock and press them inward to strengthen your chest. Next, press your palms outward to work your rear deltoids. Hold each press for 10-20 second and tone upper arms while you fight boredom and traffic!
4. Side Plank
Another simple way to shape and tone upper arms is to do a side plank. With the side plank, you’ll not only strengthen your upper body but you’ll also increase flexibility. Start from the regular plank position and lift your right arm up to the ceiling, pressing into the edge of your left foot as you rotate your hips and stack your feet. Hold this position for 15-30 seconds, return to plank position and repeat on the other side.
5. Sitting Upper Arm Workout
If you’re stuck sitting at a desk the majority of your waking hours, try this upper arm workout while you give your eyes a break. Start sitting in your rolling chair with your legs lifted. Keeping your legs lifted; roll yourself towards and away from your desk. This easy move helps tone your biceps and lats for a tight and toned upper body.
The walk-out is an exercise that will help you tone up your triceps, chest and core. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Squat down, then walk your hands out until your hands are under your chest. Make sure your fingers are angled in and lower your chest and press up and walk your hands to your feet. Walk out again and repeat for 10-20 reps total.
7. Bicep Curl
The bicep curl is a classic moved to tone upper arms and it works! You’ll need some hand weights or water bottles for this exercise. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart with your weights down by your sides, palms facing up. Bend your elbows to life the weights up towards your shoulders and stop at chest height. Slowly lower back to the starting position and repeat for 15-20 reps.
These exercises to tone upper arms might seem overly simple but that’s the best thing about them, you can do them at home and you don’t have to worry about needing special equipment! Just because the workout doesn’t require a lot of weights or equipment doesn’t mean it won’t be effective. What’s your favorite way to tone your arms?