5 Exercises To Tone Your Arms And Abs
Transform that upper body
In terms of exercise, we as humans generally tend to focus on toning our abdomen and arms. There’s a natural fixation with these problem areas that just can’t be fixed. Fortunately, there are exercises that target them at the same time.
Plank to Dolphin
Start in a standard forearm plank with your arms parallel to each other and your palms pressing flat on the floor. Afterwards, lift your hips to create an inverted V with your body. Lower down to the forearm plank position and repeat.
For this one, begin in a high plank position with your feet hip-width apart. Tap each hand to the opposite shoulder (don’t forget to engage your core!) while keeping your hips as still as possible.
Forearm Side Plank With A Twist
Time for some side work by positioning yourself in a left forearm side plank. Make sure your left elbow rests squarely below your right shoulder. Place your right hand at the back of your head and twist so that your right elbow meets your left hand. The trick is to not let your hips drop! Do this for 30 seconds before shifting over to the other side.
To give your arms a breather, shift to bicycle crunches. Sit on the floor with your knees bent, feet lifted and your hands resting behind your head—do not carry your head. Keep your chest up and your back straight as you lean backwards and tighten your abs. Twist to bring your right elbow to your left knee while you straighten your right leg. Do the same with the other side and continue alternating.
Plank to Downward Dog
For a bit (and we do mean a bit) of a cool down, shift from a plank position to a downward dog. Begin in a high plank position before pushing your hips and moving to a downward dog with your heels reaching the floor. As you continue to shift your weight, keep your core tight.
It’s best to do these exercises in the form of a routine. Spend one minute on each and the rest for 30 seconds before starting on the next set. Don’t forget to your breathing, because it might just run away from you!