If you’re starting to slim down, you may notice that certain parts of your body respond better to nutrition and exercise than others. For example, your waist and midsection may slim down significantly, but your buttocks and thighs remain heavy. Or, perhaps you’ve managed to slim down everywhere except for your upper arms, which you’re still hiding behind long sleeves. If you consider the skin around your armpits a problem area, you may feel self-conscious about showing too much skin unless you’re able to tighten and tone this area.
Now that spring is officially here and summer is just around the corner, it’s the ideal time for you to tighten and tone the excess skin around your armpits so you can feel more confident in tank tops, swimsuits, and sleeveless tops. Check out the following three exercise movies that can help you eliminate loose armpit skin just in time for summer.
Lying chest fly
- Lie down on your back, and place your hips and knees at a 90-degree angle.
- Press your lower back into the ground using your lower abs.
- Raise your arms toward the ceiling with your palms facing one another, and keep your elbow slightly bent. For more of a challenge, use small hand weights.
- Keep your torso stable, and open your arms out to each side until your elbows are roughly two inches from the floor.
- Raise your arms back toward the ceiling, and bring the weights together over your chest.
- Do three sets of five reps to start, then increase reps per set as needed.
- Put your body in the plank position, with your shoulders directly over your wrists, and your body in one straight line, feet hip-width apart. Keep your back straight, and pull in your navel.
- Bend your elbows out to the sides as you lower and exhale to do a push-up.
- Hold for one breath, then rise back up to the original plank position, while also releasing your left arm and raising it to the ceiling.
- Hold for one breath, then return to the original plank position.
- Repeat the push-up, then raise your right arm to the ceiling before returning to the plank position.
- Do two sets of five for each side to start, then progress as needed.
Lateral plank walk
- Put your body in the plank position, with your shoulders directly over your wrists, and your body in one straight line, feet hip-width apart.
- Move your left hand toward the right hand, while stepping your right foot out to the right at the same time.
- Move your right hand and left foot to the right and return to the plank position.
- Take two additional steps in this direction, then reverse directions and take three steps to the left.
- Repeat this movement as many times as needed.
Over time, you’ll notice that these exercises will help tone and tighten any excess skin around and under your arms. Pretty soon, you’ll be able to show off your armpits in public without feeling self-conscious about having excess armpit skin.