If you find yourself avoiding short sleeve or sleeveless tops, it might be because your muscles are weak. Weak muscles can lead to the floppy skin that dangles under the upper arm when you raise it. It’s often referred to as batwings and can flutter in the wind if you raise your arms. While you can’t lose weight in one area by using spot exercises, it comes off all over the body, spot exercises are great for toning specific areas. You can get rid of batwing arms by doing the proper exercises for toning.
Women are more prone to batwings than men.
Batwings come from lack of tone in upper arms. Why does it happen with women more than men? There no simple answer. Part of the reason is lower testosterone levels in women, which means more fat storage in hips, thighs and upper arms and less muscle development. If you’ve lost weight recently, you might have developed batwings. It’s not fat, but excess skin that is causing the sagging. Aging can also cause the elasticity in the skin to diminish and that can cause batwings.
Whether you’re trying to lose weight or not, eating a healthy diet can help.
Eating a healthy diet can help you lose weight, while also boosting the nourishment necessary for healthier skin, including elastin and collagen. You need to accompany this effort with strength-building exercises to build the muscle tissue in the upper arms. Your upper arms have biceps in the front and triceps in the back. When the triceps are weak, batwings develop. Choose exercises that tone the upper arms, such as tricep dips or push-ups.
Create a workout that works all the upper arm muscles and vary it.
Your workout should work all the muscles in all parts of your body, but when you’re focusing on the upper arms, weights can be a great route to go. If there are exercises that require dumbbells, you don’t have to buy them. You can use plastic water bottles and fill them with sand or water. Adjust the weight so that the last few repetitions are a challenge. Tricep extensions are a great option, using a dumbbell or alternative, hold it with both hands, keeping your arms stretched directly in front of you and raise them above your head. Once there, bend your arms at the elbows, slowly lowering the barbell or alternate behind your head and then back to the original position.
- A wall push-up is an option you can do anywhere. Stand an arm’s-length from the wall with your palms flat against it. Bend your arms slowly, bringing your shoulders toward the wall, while keeping your body straight. Then push yourself back to the starting position.
- A chair dip can be done at the office if your chair doesn’t roll. Sit on the edge of the chair, feet flat on the floor. Lift your body off the chair and forward, then lower it until your elbows are at right angles and raise back up again to starting position.
- Eating more protein will help eliminate batwings. Collagen is a form of protein that can help improve your skin’s elasticity and build muscles, too.
- There are many upper arm exercises that can help you fight batwings in our collection of exercises. There are over 1,000 exercise videos with a workout planner on the Sci-Fit Nutrition App.
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