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It’s only when Christmas comes around, that women start to panic… about their arms, especially the bit that wobbles when you wave!! That bit is FAT! The arms are severely underworked, and any muscle not used enough literally turns to mush! This is the time of year for sleeveless dresses and short-sleeved tops. We want to be showing off our figures at the Xmas parties, not hiding away… and armed with these coping strategies, you can do just that.

Any activity that is maintained for 20-30 minutes, 3 to 4 times per week and gets you out of breath such as cycling, aerobics, walking, swimming, etc. also burns excess body fat off the arms.

By reducing the fat in your daily diet you can dramatically reduce the body fat in your arms. The more good quality, energy food you eat such as rice, potatoes, pasta, fruit, vegetables, chicken, fish, etc. the more energy you’ll have to burn fat.

Specific arm exercises using light to moderate weights will dramatically strengthen, tighten and tone flabby arms. Since the arms are incredibly under-worked, they need to be exercised every day or every other day.

Stand with feet apart and place your hands on the wall, slightly wider than your shouldres. Lower forehead towards wall, elbows pushing out to the side. Slowly press body away from the wall to starting position, keeping elbows slightly bent. Repeat 12-15 times.

Sit on a sturdy chair or bench, hands grasping the seat at each side. Push your body slightly away from the chair, legs bent (easier) or straight in front of you (harder). Bend the elbows and lower the body down a couple of inches, then push yourself back up to starting position, elbows slightly bent. Repeat 12-15 times.

This swimming technique is great for developing the triceps. Your arms with the help of the legs push against the water, thrusting your body forward. Your chest muscles are also involved with the motion, thus the name breast stroke.

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