As we women age we get presented with all sorts of “opportunities” … almost daily.
- opportunities to change our diet, so we’ll lose a few pounds, nourish our aging brain and stay healthier
- opportunities to tweak our exercise routine because it will help us lose a few pounds, stay healthier and look better
- opportunities to try creams and lotions to make our skin feel and look better
- and of course, opportunities to use surgical procedures to help us look and feel younger
Like I said, no shortage of opportunities.Plenty of things to do and try as we get older.
But do we really need all that help, just because we’re getting older?
After all, getting older and aging IS a natural process everyone will be going through at some point.
Well, I guess the answer to that question depends on your point of view and really is a personal matter.
For some women, getting older, grayer and a bit rounder, is not a big deal. They’re ready and prepared for it and certainly don’t lose much sleep over it.
For other women, the exact some events seem to trigger “states of crisis”. They obsess over getting gray, having more wrinkles and accumulating even more fat in certain areas of their body.
And that’s OK. After all, we’re all different and with our own opinions and preferences.
What doesn’t bother you might just really get under my skin and what gets to my best friend might just roll right off me.
But regardless how you feel about this “aging thing”, you may be bothered by some of our seemingly shared trouble spots. These are areas of the body many of us have struggled with and continue to struggle with.
Can you guess what I’m talking at?
I’m talking about the areas of the body that seem to be more “challenging” as we get older. These “trouble spots” certainly don’t go away, if anything, things tends to escalate and get worse as we move up in years.
It seems there are four main trouble areas most of us deal with at some point or another; they are our thighs, belly, arms, and of course the behind.
These 4 areas tend to be the focus of workouts, diets, and procedures and in most cases these areas frequently can benefit from a bit of extra attention and TLC when exercising.
Frequently we give more attention to slim our thighs, belly, and behind, that we tend to forget about our arms. Ironically, our arms are the parts of our bodies commonly exposed and seen by others.
So here are a few simply exercises designed to help you tone your arms and shoulders. Do these exercises on a regular basis and you’ll not only like what you see (toned arms) but you’ll also feel better about yourself.
3 Simple Arm Toning Exercises for Older Women
As I said before, many times women are so focused on their legs, abdomen and butt, that they completely forget to tone their arms.
Here are three extremely simply exercises you can do anywhere and anytime, within minutes, that will help tone your arms and get them back in shape.
Arm circles are so simple and so adaptable that it really is a shame more women don’t utilize them. You don’t need any special equipment, although you can make it more difficult by adding hand weights.
Listen to this, you can do:
- Wide arm circles
- Tight arm circles
- Forward arm circles
- Reverse arm circles.
You can complete arm circles fast or slow.
And the best thing is, no matter what type of arm circles you decide to do they will be effective in sculpting beautiful arms.
Try to keep the momentum going for about 2 minutes without stopping. You can change the direction and size of the circles but just don’t stop moving!
If you can’t do the exercises for the full 2 minutes, just start out slow and work up to it.
No sweat… no pun intended!
In addition to help sculpt your arms, this type of exercise also works the shoulder joints and increases circulation in the upper body, which is a good thing to do.
Boxers have great, tight arms, wouldn’t you agree? Well, it’s from all those punches!
Use their technique and add weighted punches to your routine. You can buy a set of small arm weights or alternatively use a can of beans or corn.
Complete 5 rounds of 10 uppercuts, 10 jabs, and 10 speed bag punches with each arm.
Chances are you get out of breath and your arms will get tired. That’s ok though, just think of the end result and keep at it.
Again, work up to it if you have to.
Last but not least is the good old, trusted bicep curl.
For this exercise you’ll need a 5, 8 or 10-pound dumbbell for each hand.
It’s probably better to start out with less weight so you won’t hurt yourself and stop the exercise.
I suggest you start with less and work up to using more weights over time.
So here is what you’ll do:
- With your palms facing out, bend your elbows and bring the weights into your chest.
- Lower and repeat for three rounds of 10 reps.
- As the saying goes… easy-peasy!
It’s best to do these exercises on an ongoing basis.
Unfortunately doing them every blue moon just doesn’t do the trick (I know that you know that, still had to say it though!).
Why not do a set while watching the news, waiting for your toast or doing the laundry?
Or better yet, do them first thing in the morning, pick a certain time, establish a routine for yourself, and stick to it.
You can always add extra sets throughout the day.
Happy circling, punching, and curling!