How To Tone Your Arms
Knowing how to tone your arms is an incredibly helpful lifeskill. There will be periods of time when your weight will fluctuate beyond a comfortable level and when going through the process of losing weight, learning to tone glamour muscles like the arms is essential. Fortunately, the process of cutting up muscle is fairly straightforward and because there are so many activities you can choose.
Things you'll need:
- A healthy diet
- Cardovascular workout
- Actvities like boxing and swimming
- Fix the Diet. While working out is definitely a large part of losing body fat and toning the arms, it's what you eat that really makes up for how quickly you're going to see definition. Think about any skinny individual: They all have abdominal muscles and tones arms, albeit with no muscle. The point is that they don't have to watch what they eat in order to be toned; their metabolism helps them with that. Be sure to keep the diet as organic as possible and try to reduce the consumption of "empty calories," which are foods that you eat but serve no purpose in sustaining nutrition (extra candy, carbs, junk food).
- Avoid Excessive Weightlifting. Getting ripped look does take exercise, but not extensive anaerobic workout routines. Using heavy dumbbells or equipment may build muscle, but when it comes to actually lowering body fat, it does little. This is why many people develop a sort of pseudo chubby-strong look; all the muscle is there, but so is the fat. Instead, when toning the arms, focus on cardiovascular workouts because those are what will raise the body temperature more and burn the most calories.
- Walking and Running. As you begin your new routine, be sure to incorporate lots of cardiovascular workouts. The basic bread-and-butter workout is, of course, running and walking. While many may think walking does nothing, as long as you're walking at least a few miles with some changes in elevation, you can burn lots of calories. The only difference between that and running is that runners have to run a shorter distance to burn the same amount of calories. Be sure to incorporate your entire body into the movements: Let your arms swing as you walk or run.
- Swimming. For many, the gift of time wears away the joints, causing painful arthritis or other problems in the legs, feet or knees. If that's the case, don't fret! Swimming is an excellent alternative to tone the arms and in many cases it can be even more beneficial to develop a solid, built body because the resistance of the water and your body weight will tone your arms and develop proportional lean muscle.
- Boxing. Similar to swimming, boxers have the gift of being able to develop toned muscles and gaining mass. Because of the excessive twisting, ducking, punching and footwork, boxers develop excellent stamina and this means you will be able to run longer and develop a faster metabolism which both contribute to calorie burning and will ultimately help tone the arms.
- Cycling. For those that prefer to be on terra-firma or prefer to keep their teeth in tact, cycling can be another great option. Although it seems like the legs are the only muscles getting worked on, a lot of effort goes into the arms, which help maintain balance and the flailing that is needed when ascending hills is largely done by the arms. Additionally, cycling can be much more enjoyable for some people and may motivate them to ride faster and longer.