Posted on January 24 2018
One of my very favorite places to work out on my body is my arms. It was also one of the very first places I saw some actual muscle building taking place and I became extremely excited about it. Although I often do my toning in the gym, sometimes I like to take things outdoors and away from the gym and combine my running with strength training exercises. These tips for toning arms will come in handy if you don't like to go to the gym all the time or if you happen to be out on a run and want to add something extra. Some of these you can even do while your run. You don't even need to have weights!
What I love about these next 4 exercises for toning arms is that none of them require me to get on the ground and do push-ups or planks. When I'm out running or jogging, I can do these easily in a park or on a trail. You don't have to do these while running, and you can even do these indoors. Here are four moves for toning your arms that I love.
Cherry Pickers- Many people consider this a hamstring exercise but the cherry picker exercise I'm talking about is one that I did when I was in the army. This one involved your core and arms as well as shoulders. The hard part is keeping it up. To do cherry pickers, stand straight up, and place your arms directly out at your sides. now turn your palms up, and bring your two first fingers and your thumb together. Rotate at the wrist, in a circle, without lowering your arms and hold this as long as you possibly can. I promise it will start to get hard! This will help build your forearms as well as shoulders and even triceps.
Bicep Backbends- Stand straight up, and bend slightly at the waist. Bring your arms back and push them as far as you can. While bringing them forward, stand up straight using your core to move yourself. When bringing your arms back and forward, make sure to engage your muscles of your arm. This exercise can help build biceps and triceps as well as your core. It's also great for stretching your quads.
Above the Head Raises- Again, stand straight with your feet about hip’s width apart. Engage the muscles of your arm and raise your arms as high up as you can hold them and bring them back down to your sides. Do this several times. This exercise will help with shoulders, biceps and triceps as well as forearms.
Shadow Boxing- Shadow Boxing is one of my favorite things to do when I jog. I like to do it when I interval train during the time when I'm walking. To shadow box, simply engage your arms into a position as if you were boxing. Make a fist, and cross one fist to the opposite direction. Bring your arm back and do another fist to the opposite direction. You can also punch forward or up in the air. If you know any more about boxing you can also do uppercuts as well. To be completely honest, my goofy behind loves to do this to “Mama Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J when it's playing on my playlist. I feel there’s no better way to feel like a bad babe.
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