Top Tips for Toned Arms

The backs of the upper arms are a favorite destination for fat to accumulate. Since these muscles, also known as the triceps, are not usually used during day-to-day activities, they tend to get soft and flabby with time. And, as we begin to lose muscle tone and the skin becomes less resilient, it becomes even more difficult—although not impossible—to keep the arms looking taut.

For some, decreased levels of collagen and elastin are the main culprits behind saggy arms; others are unable to get rid of flab because of weight gain. “Liposuction is an excellent choice for those with minimal skin laxity and excess fat that is localized to the upper arm area that’s resistant to change with diet and exercise,” says Seattle plastic surgeon Richard A. Baxter, MD. “But, for those with a minimal amount of excess fat and mild to moderate skin laxity, skin-tightening technologies such as Thermage might be more appropriate. It targets collagen production and tends to work better on younger patients before collagen levels diminish too much.” When there is a lot of excess skin, especially after weight loss, an arm lift, or brachioplasty, which unavoidably results in a scar along the inner part of the upper arm, may be more suitable.

If you’re not quite ready for surgery, the right exercises can still make a difference. The quickest way to tone loose, flabby skin on the under side of the upper arms is to exercise with small weights. While results may not be as dramatic, skin-firming creams and lotions can give the illusion of more toned arms.

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16 Comments
  • Juliann
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    I excercise daily and have gotten pretty toned for a 54 year old mother of 2. Those fatty deposits around the back of the bra and the muffin top just wouldn't go away. I went for CoolSculpting at my plastic surgeons office. It was amazing...no down time...non-invasive...it worked! It was a great way to encourage me and keep on working out and practicing yoga.

  • Melissa
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    Hi Marcia, I bought the arm shapers @ www.fitandsharp.com under the micro-massaging section to combat orange peel and sagging skin. The direct link is http://www.fitandsharp.com/products/Lytess-Orange-Peel-Sleeves__MS.aspx,. Try it out for only $30 it is worth the try and please do share your feedback on the results = ¨Clinical test have shown up to 46% improvement in skin appearance within 28 days.¨

  • Marcia
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    How did you find where to buy the arm shapers for your mother? Or better yet can you let me know where you ordered them from or at least more info on them. Thanks for the help. I have tried every form of exercise but because I had put on to much weight and then took it off, my arms are now very flabby. I don't feel that it will ever totally go way, but I would love to see some improvement. Thanks

  • Melissa
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    I offered a set of arm shapers to my mom, we were both amazed by the results. The model I chose had this high-tech fabric with micro massaging action and slimming ingredients released while you wear them. Another great way to trim and shape your arms with or without weight lifting, definitely worth trying.

  • periwinkle
    Posted on

    high heels while cleaning...really! and there go your feet and posture, sorry cant endorse that one ellie

  • Ellie H
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    OMYGOSH! This scares me. IM 33 allready realizing its time to take toning seriously..I was a nurse so my arms are descent..but i wish I would of listened to my sister when she said to wear high heals while cleaning the house.

  • Tisia
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    Thanks ladies for your advice.

  • Jean
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    Angelika hit it right....dips are easy to do since just about everything in the house can act as your bench.....no special weights required. I use the edge of the bathroom sink and try to do at least ten-twenty dips everytime I'm in the bathroom. Makes it easy and find that I do lots of them by the end of the day without really thinking too much about it. No psyching yourself up to "go do my weights". I actually enjoy doing dips because they're fast and essentially easy to do and make a big difference in a short amount of time. They are an ongoing type exercise. When you stop doing them, your arms go back to baggy.

  • Shirlene
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    I am a P.T. in Los Angeles. I agree with the comments above you must do weights 3 times a week. Women shy away from weight training because they are afraid of bulking up! LADIES PLEASE DO NOT BELIEVE THIS. Women do not have the muscle mass like men do to bulk up. Weight training will keep your whole body tight, beautiful and younger looking. So go girls! lift those weights and see the results before you decide on surgery!

  • Angelika
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    my best exercise to build arm definition...even at my age of 66 :-) is 3 rounds 20 dips every other day. I do it with a step, but a bench or even anything in your bathroom that you can get your hands firmly planted on and let your butt lower down and raise up, is fine. As I say I do 3x 20...and my children are amazed about my triceps definition:-)

  • Chris
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    I have naturally thin arms, and I workout so I gained good muscle. However, the arms are still sagging... because the skin is lax - there is no fat there - because of aging... Have tried radiofrequency to no avail... help!

  • Lindsay
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    Take a small weight or even a can of veggies, put yer are straight up, then bend yer arm at the elbow towards yer back. Repeat! Hope that helps! =)

  • Angie
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    It would have been nice to have seen what specific exercises are effective.

  • Susan
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    Yes execrise for the triceps are great but they don't mention what type of exercise and how to do them.

  • Rosanna
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    I agree with Cathy!.. Triceps can be toned up with weight lifting. Try it 2-3 times per week and you will see results in 2-4 months.. your arms will be firm and stronger than ever before..

  • Cathy
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    Exercising can really help! This is my #1 problem spot to firm up! I have to work the area with free weights and machines at the gym almost daily to keep my triceps firm. It is time-consuming, that's for sure. And you have to be dedicated, but triceps can be firmed up.

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