It’s no secret that we are all sensitive about how our abs look when it comes to beach season. However, I think arms another key area of concern for most women. I personally feel that the way our arms look is a reflection of strength as well as inflammation. My point is that as much as exercise is important, I believe that good nutrition is hugely influential too.
I wanted to share a few key exercises that I typically use as part of my warm up when I work out. They are also very helpful if you are new to working out and are not ready to tackle weights just yet. I also used them as strengthening tool when I was recovering from my shoulder injury. All you need is a band and these exercises can be done anywhere. Including outside!
Underhand Band Pull-Apart – You want to stand with your legs shoulder width apart. Draw in your abs and tuck your bottom under. The band should be in front of you with the ends grasped with an underhand grip. Pull the band into your chest and release back to the starting position.
Overhead Band Circumduction – Start with the band held in an overhand grip at waist height. Extend and bring the band overhead and behind your back to chest or weight height depending on your comfort level. Pause and bring the band back in front of you to your starting position.
Behind the Neck BandPull-Apart -Bring the band behind your head so that it is resting behind your back at shoulder height. Raise the band to the middle of your head (about the height of where a ponytail would rest) and then return to the original position.
Downward Dog Isolated Hold – The yoga favorite. This move strengthens your shoulders using your own body weight. Hold the position for 30 seconds and build up to one to two minutes as you feel you can progress.
Repeat the sequence 2-3 times. Let me know in the comment section if you try it out!