Post # 1
I need some advice on good workouts to tone the arms, and to up my mileage on running! My wedding is in less than 4 months and I’m wearing a MERMAID dress that I want to be comfortable in. I’ve been running like every other day on the treadmill. The most I’ve done is 4.67 miles. I’m having a hard time getting past that! The dress is REALLY tight around my outter thighs and I’m really trying to lose some weight. However, I really want my arms to be tone! Right now I have the jiggle under the arms and I’m not liking it. Does anyone have any suggestions???
Post # 3
Hmm…my thought is that if you’re focusing on trying to lose weight, running isn’t necessarily the right thing to do. Running helps to keep your heart healthy. While it can help you to lose weight, it’s not keeping your heart beating at the ideal weight loss number.
Usually treadmills have a little chart that will say what your heart rate should be at 60% (weight loss rate) or 80% (cardio rate). You want to be in the 60% rate so that you’re burning fat. You should also be able to google what the average is for your height, weight and age.
I hope that helps!
Post # 4
lift small weights for your arms. like 2.5lbs. Do it continually and your arms will be more tone in no time. Pick up an issue of Shape magazine. They normally have pre made workouts for your arms. Literally all it takes is 15 mins 2/week for about a month and you will notice a difference.
Good luck 🙂
Post # 5
In my experience, running has made my thighs bigger, not smaller. So frustrating. I was putting in a lot of miles, so maybe thats why it happened. You could try interval training, mixing up sprints with jogging. I was just reading in Runners World that this is the best way to scorch calories. Jumping rope might also be really good. I think the more fat you burn through aerobic exercise, the better your arms will look. You should try lifting weights also. Good luck!
Post # 6
Rock climbing is great for you arms and you don’t even realize you’re working out. But if a climbing gym isn’t in your area, work on the same types of pull and push motions. Pull ups and push ups. Tricep dips with a chair….check out Jillian Michaels Making the Cut. There is an entire section in the back of the book with different excersises and how to do them.
Post # 7
Y’all are helping out so much!! Thanks for all the great advice. I used to play volleyball in College and we lifted ALL the time. I got so bulky from it. That’s why I’m kind-of scared about going back to the weights, but I guess low-weight more reps will help. As for the running, the sprint intervals with jogging sounds good! I’ve heard that does scorch the cals. I just don’t want it to bulk up my legs. That’s the LAST thing I need. I’m going to try it though! I have 4 months to play with
Post # 8
bblove04 is right on. On the days you don’t run work on your arms with weights. Ten to 15 minutes and increase sets as you progress.
Post # 9
I have a DVD: Womens Health Work Out in Ten.
I love it. There are 4 ten minute segments. Cardio, legs, arms, and balance/flexibility. The arms and legs segments are really challenging! It builds muscle and burn calories.
If you don’t want to purchase anything, I’d suggest doing pushups every day. As many as you can do in two minutes. I need to take my own advice and work on my arms too!
Post # 10
Have you tried running more often and gradually working to a further distance? I usually try to run on a daily basis during the weekdays and up my goals for time and distance each week. That has been what works best for me.
As for arms, I’ve been doing Lats & rows a lot over the past few weeks (every other day) and that has really worked wonders for that jiggle under your arms.
Hope this helps! Good luck to you!!
Post # 11
Small weights high reps can put those arms into shape, P.S. I’m in the same situation, and doing the same thing, I totally feel you in this dilemma!
Post # 12
I definately suggest push ups, even the “girl” (on your knees instead of toes) push ups for your arms. They’re not easy, but they work.
Post # 13
i second pushups for arms, you can change arm position to hit different muscles .theres nothing like using your own body weight as resistance. works like a charm. even set out a mat and push out some during commercials of your fav show.
Post # 14
Thanks for all the posts! I’ve started running outside as opposed to on a treadmill and I’ve realized that outside is MUCH harder. I’ve also taken yalls advice and started doing more pushups and work with resistance bands. I’m already seeing improvements. Thanks for all the advice!