You're Done Waving Good-Bye but...Your Arms Are Still Waving!
4/30/2013 12:02:00 PM
You want to wave good-bye without your arms still waving once you’re done. You want to rock some sleeveless tops without worry about your upper arms having too much cushion. And yes – you see our First Lady’s enviable triceps. But are more women going under the knife to get Michelle Obama’s arms? Believe it or not, yes! It ain’t that easy. Coming off that much money or putting it on plastic may not seem reasonable to most of us, yet it is becoming a common decision. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, people in the U.S. spent $11 billion on the cosmetic procedures alone. But the society chose to highlight one procedure that is less familiar: the upper arm-lift. In 2012, 15,457 patients, 98% of them women, spent a total of $61 million to have liposuction on their arms, or what’s known as a brachioplasty (a surgery that involves making an incision from the armpit to the elbow, usually along the back of the arm, to remove excess skin). The number of procedures was up 4,378% since 2000, when only about 300 women opted for it. Some say Michelle Obama has been the inspiration behind this increase. But like any other troublesome area, diet and exercise are critical. In the article “Easy Way to Get Rid of Upper Arm Fat” by Jo Jackson, for Healthy Living, gives us the 411 on getting rid of jiggly arms. From Healthy Living.com: Dietary Changes To get rid of upper arm fat you must reduce the level of fat in your total body. This takes a combination of diet and cardiovascular exercise. Eliminate fatty foods from your diet and fill up with whole grains, lean meat and lots of vegetables and fruit. Also drink plenty of water. Do not attempt to starve yourself, but get a calorie counter and make wise food choices. If you can reduce your daily intake by 500 calories per day, that is equivalent to losing 1 pound a week; some of this will come from your upper arms. Cardiovascular Exercises Cardiovascular exercise raises the heart rate and helps your body build muscle. This raises your metabolism and helps burn fat. The simplest form of cardiovascular exercise is walking. Try setting your alarm clock for 30 minutes earlier than normal. Get out and walk for 15 minutes, then turn around and walk back home. Swimming, dancing, jogging and skipping are all good cardiovascular exercises. Aim for 30 minutes or more at least five days a week and your fat levels should start to reduce. Triceps Exercises According to the American Council on Exercise, the most effective exercises for the triceps are triangle pushups, dips and triceps kickbacks. To perform dips, sit on the edge of a sturdy bench or ledge with your hands by your sides gripping the edge with your fingers. Extend your legs in front, then carefully slide your rump off the bench and lower your body toward the ground until your upper arms are parallel to the floor. Push yourself back up using your arms and not your legs. Repeat up to 15 times depending on your fitness level. Biceps Exercises Hold a dumbbell or other weight in each hand. Stand with your arms by your sides and your feet hip-width apart. Bend your knees a little and tighten your stomach muscles. Hold your arms against your sides to isolate the biceps, and with palms facing forward lift the weight up toward your shoulders. Stop just before making contact. Lower to the start position. Repeat up to 15 times, but stop if you cannot maintain proper form. This all sounds well and good but commitment and patience is key. Wanna peep a good video on some of the best arm workouts for women?