Health & Wellness

Fight anti-aging in the wake of fall with these arm & chest moves

The weather may be getting cooler, but don’t use that as an excuse to cover up flabby arms with long sleeves! Get them in fighting shape by lifting weights.

Nothing gives away your age faster than triceps that lack muscle tone and a weak upper body.

Here’s the solution. Do these 2 to 3 times a week as part of your upper body workout along with your other back and arm exercises. Start with 1 to 2 sets of 15 to 20 reps or as many as you can do in good form, and work up to 3 sets.

Remember: You must work to get results! If it’s too easy you’re not working hard enough to see a change.

Triceps dips

With hands on the floor behind you, palms facing away from you, keep your legs bent in front of you with heels on the floor. Lower your body towards the floor by bending your elbows; continue lowering until your butt just touches the floor; push back up.

One-legged triceps dips

For a greater challenge, keep one leg extended and up off the ground; alternate legs halfway through your reps.

Push-ups

Lie face down on the floor with hands slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Raise your upper body off the floor by extending your arms and propping yourself up on the balls of your feet or knees (easier); lower yourself back down by bending your elbows and push back up.

Upside down shoulder press

Start in an upside down “V” position with hips in the air and your weight on the balls of your feet and hands; lower your upper body towards the ground by bending your elbows and bringing your head towards the ground until your forehead barely touches the floor; push back up while keeping your hips hiked up in a “V” position throughout the movement.

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