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Strengthen and tone arms with simple mini-trampoline exercises.
Because spot targeting fat loss on the arms, or anywhere else on your body, is impossible with any type of workout, your best bet is to engage in calorie-burning cardio to burn fat all over your body and tone your arms with strengthening exercises. WebMD suggests three weight-training workouts per week, beginning with 12 to 15 repetitions of each exercise and then increasing the weight or the number of reps as you get stronger.
Repetitive Motion Arm Exercises
Perhaps the simplest way to lose fat and tone your arms is by really pumping your arms forward and backward to boost your heart rate and tone your upper arms while jogging, walking, dancing or jumping on the mini-trampoline. Perform exercises like jumping jacks, cross-country skiing, jump rope and arm circles to tone shoulders and flabby upper arms. Add some punches and jabs to your jogging and jumping for fun ways to tone your arms.
Hand Weight Arm Exercises
Hold hand weights while you jog and jump. Incorporate intervals of moderate-intensity walking or marching while you engage in 12 to 15 reps of bicep curls, tricep kickbacks and shoulder and chest presses. Hold light weights while you jog, jump or dance on the mini-trampoline and keep your arms pumping and moving to further tone them. Start with two- or three-pound dumbbells and increase the weight or the number of reps as you get stronger.
Body Weight Arm Exercises
Use your own body weight to tone and strengthen your arms while you use your mini-trampoline as support for tricep dips. Begin by sitting on the edge of the trampoline with your palms placed down on either side of you, elbows tucked in and fingers pointing in front of you. Slide your butt forward and off the mini-trampoline, pause and then lift your butt back on. Likewise, you can work your arms by doing pushups using the trampoline as a base. Kneel facing the trampoline, place your palms near the edge of the trampoline, bring yourself up on your toes or knees, keep your core tightened and your back flat and then complete your set of pushups.
Always be sure that you have ample space above you and to the sides of your mini-trampoline. Avoid high jumps under low ceilings; serious injuries, even concussions, could occur if you hit your head on the ceiling. Wear athletic shoes during your mini-trampoline workout, especially when using hand weights, so your feet are better protected in case you drop the weights. If you have balance issues, consider purchasing a mini-trampoline with a balance bar attached to it and work only one arm at a time when standing on it so you can steady yourself with your free hand.