Did you find the perfect dress on sale and turn around in the dressing room mirror to be disappointed because of dreaded armpit fat? Even if it is hardly noticeable we seem to zone in on the little flub that appears in the armpit area and it can be a clothing purchase killer. From stay-at-home moms to celebrities and coach potatoes to gym fanatics, we can all complain in unison about underarm fat.
Armpit fat be gone! Wish it was that easy? You can decrease the fat in your armpit area with some exercises that tone your upper body, build muscle and help you burn fat. Just remember you can’t lose fat in one specific area. You have to make healthy changes to your diet and decrease your total body fat to really see a difference in a specific area, but focusing on the area of your body that needs definition always helps.
Here are the top five exercises you need to help banish armpit fat (and go buy that sale dress!):
1. Chest Press
This engages your chest and shoulder muscles. Lie with your back down on a flat bench or balance ball with a dumbbell in each hand, straighten your arms over your chest with palms up then bend arms and lower dumbbells until your elbows are bent at 90 degrees. Press weights up over chest. Do 3 sets of 15 with an 8 to 10 pound weight.
2. Tricep Extension
Use a dumbbell or resistance band for your triceps, to do an extension hold the dumbbell over your head with your arms straight, lower your forearms down (palms facing upward) lowering the dumbbell toward your neck. Do 3 sets of 15 with an 8 to 10 pound weight or band.
3. Wall Push-Ups
Stand in front of a flat wall with hands on the wall at shoulder height a little wider than your shoulder. Step back about 2 feet from the wall bend your elbows to the side as you bring your chest towards the wall, when you’re about 1 inch from the wall, press out so arms are straight. Do until your arms are tired! To make it harder, walk further away from the wall. Add 10 wall push-ups to the end of your workout.
4. Tricep Dip
Sit on the edge of a chair or a bench with your knees bend and your hands on the bench facing forward, a little wider than your hips, lift your butt towards your feet using your arms to lower your body slowly, then lift yourself back up. Do 2 sets of 15.
5. Push-Up Row
Grab a 5-8 pound dumbbell and get into a pushup position with your hands holding the weights and your feet a tiny bit wider than hip width apart. Bend your right arm and raise the dumbbell to chest level, pressing the left one into the floor, do on the other side for 1 rep. Do 8 reps on each arm.
What are your favorite moves to banish armpit fat? Share them below!
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