I don’t think it’s a case of you doing anything wrong as where we store fat is largely down to our DNA – thanks, Mum and Dad! However, as the saying goes, it’s not the cards you’ve been dealt that matter, it’s how you play them. So, with that in mind, here are the most effective things you can do to help tone and shape your arms.
First off, you need to do specific training, such as using your body weight or hand weighs, to hit that particular area. If it’s the back of your arms that bother you, focus on doing exercises that target your triceps, such as tricep dips ( see left) or tricep extensions, but don’t forget to add in some cardio to boost fat loss. For example, if you’re lifting weights, try to pump out 10 burpees between each set. This way you’ll still hit your triceps, but you’ll also get a cardio hit, which means your body won’t stop working.
The next thing to do is to take a look at your diet. Unless you’re lifting really heavy weights regularly, most people don’t train hard enough to add noticeable bulk or size to their arms. Instead, the bulk usually comes from too much food going in, especially too much junk food. In that case, any kind of exercise you do will make an improvement to your arms.
Hormones can play a massive role in changing your shape and physicality, especially after having kids or going through menopause, but you can combat this with exercise and eating a good wholefood diet.
Finally, if you’re feeling fatigued by your usual training regimen, take a break from it and do something else instead. Learn how to surf, do a boxing class or even try a dynamic yoga session – it’s a refreshing way to work out and you’ll wake up the next morning with aching arms, I promise!