I have flabby arms.....

United States
June 14, 2007 3:58pm CST
I just noticed this a couple of days ago. When I hold my arms up there is a lot of flab hanging down under my upper arm. How would you suggest me to get rid of this? I know there are certain exercises to do to get rid of this. Please help.
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• Singapore
17 Jun 07
I guess you need to first check whether it is fats or just "skin". If it is fats, you need aerobic exercises like running or skipping. Then you need toning - so train your biceps and triceps areas. If it is just skin, then just do the toning portion. But be careful though, some ladies do not like to be muscular... so don't over-train.
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• United States
18 Jun 07
Thanks for all the info. No, I don't think I'll be overdoing it by over training. Thanks for posting.
@SarahPT (136)
• United States
15 Jun 07
Hi, Well, there actually aren't any exercise that will simply "firm" your arms. When you do arm exercises you are working the tricep and bicep muscles in the upper arm, as well as the forearm muscles. You may make the muscle stronget, gain endurance in the muscle, and possibly increase the size of the muscle, though this is really difficult for women to do because our genetic makeup is not in favor of building muscle. To have the arms firm fat needs to be burned. And doing ab exercises do not burn fat from the arms. The exercises effect the muscle, not the fat. It would be easier if that's how our bodies work, but they don't! When we lose fat our bodies don't pick and choose parts of the body to take it from. It's just burned from everywhere. To get firm arms burning fat through good nutrition and healthy exercise is best. Doing resistance training for your arms is not pointless though. It will help retain your muscle, perhaps even increase it's size a tiny bit. When you lose fat you will have a nice shpae to your arms. If you aren't doing any form of resistance training now I highly recommend it. We all naturally lose muscle mass and bone mass as we age. Resistance training will help to retain both. It also burns calories and fat. Staying strong as we age is important and can help keep us more independent. Hope that helps. Sarah Brown www.sarahpersonaltraining.com
• United States
15 Jun 07
Wow! Sarah, thanks so much. You must really be a PT. You gave me lots of info. I did lose the weight but wasn't doing the exercising so now I have flab . I will start workikng on it a bit. Thanks for posting.
@Aurone (4758)
• United States
14 Jun 07
Doing aerobic exercise to loose fat and lifting weights to tone the muscle(French curls or lifts that work your triceps) would be the best way to loose the jiggle there. You can also do some yoga (Yoga helps with stress relief, flexibility and toning) Good Luck.
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• United States
14 Jun 07
Yoga sounds good but I know nothing about it. Thanks for the suggestions and thanks for posting.
@CatNPK (461)
• United States
14 Jun 07
With "hanging down under my upper arm" I assume you mean your lower arm? The good news is that it's a relatively easy area of the body to tone. To lose any amount of fat tissue, the only solution is to loose weight. To tone that area, the best exersice is to grab a chair or sturdy edge of some sort. Place your hands on the edge and allow your body to rest onto your arms. Lift up and down slowly - sort of like doing backward pushups. Make sure you are lifting your weight with your arms, not your legs. Start with three sets of 8-12 depending on how you feel, work upward to three sets of 30. There are other exersices using weights as well, I recommend searching online for arm exersices - all of them will help tone your arms.
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• United States
14 Jun 07
I guess you can call it the lower arm , but it is the hanging down when I lift my arm. Thanks for the suggestions. Thanks for posting.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
25 Jun 07
I too have this kind of problem - flabby arms. I have tried swinging my arms backward, forward and did some weight lifting. I am yet to see results.
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
18 Jun 07
Hi there, I found the best thing for this is boxing, you will tone up and fast too. Boxing is awsome for eliminating flabby arms, Try it out and its fun too... Good luck
@mschiqui (1284)
• Philippines
15 Jun 07
maybe you refer it with a doctor or PT..it is best to get advices from them coz they know best.