Armpit flab, which is also mockingly termed as “bingo wings” or “bat wings”, develops with age. More than men, women are prone to acquire armpit flab once they cross forty. This causes a lot of embarrassment when they wave their hands in a sleeveless or strapless outfit. The low level of testosterone is the reason for accumulation of fat under the armpit. By taking the right diet and going for weight training exercises, you can reduce the fat cells that get accumulated under your arm. Perform cardiovascular exercises that help burn fat and weight training exercises to tone and build your muscles.
As your target area is the triceps muscle, focus on performing shoulder presses. Take dumbbells weighing 2 to 5 pounds and hold them in each hand. Stand with your legs at shoulder width distance with your palms toward the wall. Raise your hands slowly above your head. Take care not to lift your shoulders toward your ears. Slowly lower your hands down and repeat the procedure 20 times. You can get a noticeable result in a month’s time if you strictly adhere to this exercise three times a week. Be cautious if you have pain in the lower back, neck or the elbows.
To fight against sagging skin under your arms, push ups are ideal as they focus on arms, chest and shoulders. These are simple exercises which do not require any equipment. You can do many variations of push ups so that you can focus on different parts of your body. Standard push ups are perfect for toning all parts of your body. Keep your palms down on the floor at a shoulder width distance. Keep your feet together with your back and butt held tight. Lower your body slowly till your chest nearly touches the floor. Slowly raise your body to the original position. Repeat the steps 10 times taking rest for 15-30 seconds. Push ups for arms target the triceps muscles that lie at the back of arms. Make a little variation to the standard push ups by keeping your hands closer together. Keep your elbows closer to the sides when you lower down. The change in the posture targets the triceps and tones the flabby skin under your arms.
To effectively reduce your underarm flab, triceps dips are the right choice as the target is the triceps. Sit on a bench and hold it tightly with your hands keeping them by the side of your butt. Keep your feet flat on the floor and slide your butt away from the bench. Slowly lower your body till your elbows are at a right angle. Raise yourself slowly to the original position. Doing 3 sets continuously, repeat the procedure 10 times, taking a gap of 15-30 seconds in between.
You can also go for another type of triceps exercise. Carry a weight in your hands and stretch your arms up over your head. Then bend your arms to the back at the elbows, making the weight rest behind your shoulder blades. Slowly raise and lower them over your head and behind your head. You can feel the effect of the exercise on your triceps. When doing the triceps exercise with weights, take care not to let the weights slip. It is likely that you may get severely injured when your body is not set in a fixed position. So take care to maintain a proper body posture while doing exercises with weights.
This exercise is great for shoulders and for toning underarm flab. Choose a comfortable position either standing or sitting. Contract your abdomen and keep your back straight. Carry a kettlebell in each of your hands. Bend your elbows slowly, keeping the weights at the shoulder level. Stretch your arm out to press the kettlebells overhead. Lower the kettlebells slowly and bring them back to the original position. Repeat the procedure 25 times. Take care while doing this exercise as you are carrying a weight that may slip and injure you. It is also likely that you may develop a muscle pull if your body is not positioned in a comfortable posture.
Cardiovascular and aerobic exercises
Cardiovascular exercises help in the burning of fat. Walking, swimming, running, jogging and biking are great for reducing body fat. Incorporate underarm exercises into your routine cardiovascular workout. See to it that you pursue a good combination of strong arm movements and intense workouts. Remember that the more pressure you put on your arms, the more pressure you give to the flabby skin that wiggles under your arms. The pressure you exert over the flab tones them and improves your appearance. Swimming involves greater arm movements so make swimming a part of your regular exercise. Dancing can also be a part of your exercise routine as it involves a lot of arm movements. Use the exercise bike for a wonderful workout by unlocking the movable arm handles. Aerobic exercises also help you burn more calories and work great for toning the saggy skin of your underarms. Thirty minutes of these kinds of exercises thrice a week will really help you burn underarm fat.