The Tree Hugger
As women age or gain weight, they tend to lose muscle tone in their upper arms. Some of this can be blamed on the natural aging process, but generally, lack of tone in your arms comes from lack of exercise. So let’s get moving!
In my work as a women’s weight loss coach, many of the women I work within my private weight loss coaching programs are over the age of 40 or 50. I always let them know that sculpted toned arms are still well within reach. And there’s no need to add bulk by lifting heavy weights in order to get toned arms.
Performing the TREE HUGGER
- Pick weights to suit your fitness level. If you’re a beginner, select 1-3 pound weights. Jenny and I used 5-pound weights in our video demonstration.
- Start by sitting with your legs crossed in a lotus position.
- With a dumbbell weight in each hand, open your arms wide, extending them out to each side at chest height, as if you are going to give someone (or a tree!) a hug.
- Lengthen your spine and open your chest. Inhale.
- Contract your chest muscles as you exhale and bring the weights together in front of you, maintaining chest height. Keep your elbows slightly bent.
- Focus on keeping the muscles around your spine engaged. You can also choose to round your spine as you exhale.
- Pause, breathe, and then slowly return to your starting position.
- Stay focused. Go slow. Concentrate on your breath and movements.