With the spring season here and summer just around the corner, everyone is hitting the gym to begin working out or get an additional set in during the day. One popular body part that people focus on improving is the arm muscle. For many, pushups or dumbbell curves are the most they will do during their gym workout, but to see a visible difference and improve your arm’s muscles and appearance, you should do more for your muscles each time you hit the gym. Here are some new tips and even workout equipment that has been designed to strengthen and tone your arms.
Mix it up with cross-training
Get strong and toned arms by selecting cardio workouts for your entire upper-body such as swimming and rowing. Swimming is a great sport to add to your fitness regime as it works every muscle in the body. After your gym workout, hit the pool to cool down and do a couple of laps of freestyle between 20 and 30 minutes. To row, you do not necessarily need a body of water nearby nor do you need to rent or purchase a row boat. Many gyms are now equipped with rowing machines so you can work your arms on land whenever you want.
Yoga and Pilates
Other great cross training workouts for arms that also stretch your muscles are yoga and Pilates. Because these two different workouts rely on you supporting your entire body with each position, you are essentially lifting weights. You do not need to reach an advanced level or yoga or Pilates either to see noticeable results. Even beginner poses such as Downward Dog and Warrior II work all of the muscles in your arms.
Vary between light and heavy weights
By now you have probably noticed a pattern: a variety of different workouts is the key to toned muscles. Besides cross-training with cardio and core strength exercises, change up your lifting routine as well. Focus on lifting heavy weights with a low number of repetitions one day and the next day, do lighter weights and a higher number of repetitions. Rather than purchasing or using multiple sets of weights at once, adjustable dumbbell sets let you change the amount of weight easily according to your day’s exercise routine.
Improve your diet
If you are looking to enhance your arm’s muscles, then most likely you are already eating healthy, but there is always room for improvement. Eat foods that include all of the necessary vitamins: C, E, A, B complex, and K along with good fatty acids and minerals such as zinc, selenium and copper. With a healthy diet and continued loss of body fat, not only will your arms become more toned, but so will the rest of your body in no time.
If you need any additional motivation, there are plenty of apps to guide you through arm workouts with free weights, yoga, or Pilates exercises. What are your favorite workouts for your arms or do you suggest any other tips to get in shape?