Looking To Build Strength In Your Arms? Give These Poses A Try!
With summer just around the corner, we start looking forward to warmer weather and with warmer weather comes sleeveless shirts and tank tops! This can only mean one thing…..
It’s time to get those arms in top shape!
It’s no mystery into what it takes to strengthen your arms and the following poses will help you get your arms ready for summer weather. These poses are perfect for beginners and while they won’t give you cut arms overnight, they are great poses for making your arms stronger as well as other parts of your body.
See the poses below and be sure to share this with all of your friends who want to get their arms ready for the summer season.
Remember, don’t push all the way to your limit when you first practice each pose. Let your body get used to the sensations and then move deeper with each breath. Listen to your body in each pose, pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong! So do not push past your limits, practice these regularly and you’ll see progress with consistency. Hold each pose for about 3-5 deep breaths to get the full benefits. Well, let’s get to it, shall we?
Yoga Push Up | Chaturanga
How-to: Starting on your hands and knees, inhale and step your legs back to come into a high plank. Check to see that your shoulders are positioned directly above your wrists. On an exhale, slowly lower your body towards the ground, while hugging your elbows in tight towards your body. Your whole body should be in a straight line, and in line with your upper arms. Suck belly in towards your spine to engage your core. To come out, lower yourself slowly onto your mat.
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Benefits: Strengthens your arms, core, back and wrists.
Side Plank |Vasisthasana
How-to: Starting on your hands and knees, inhale and step your legs back to come into a high plank. Shift your weight onto the edge of your right foot and your right hand, (if balancing is hard for you, get this free pdf for a modification). Open your body to the left, stacking your left foot on your right foot, and right shoulder above the right wrist. Lift your hips up towards the ceiling. If your body is anything like mine and your have a natural curve in your spine, the tendency will be to stick your butt out and create a backbend. Resist it! Tuck your tailbone down towards your heels and engage your core by pulling your belly in towards your spine. Reach your left arm up and energetically towards the ceiling and if comfortable on your neck, look up towards your fingertips. To come out, exhale and lower the extended arm, come back into plank pose and then lower your knees to the ground.
Benefits: Strengthens your arms, shoulder, wrists and core. Aids in improving balance.
Warrior II | Virabhadrasana II
How-to: Begin in mountain pose. Leaning forward slightlty, step your left foot back and turn your toes out 90 degrees. Your body should be facing the side of the room squarely, and the back of your (front) right heel should be in line with the center arch of your (back) left foot. Bend your right knee and sink your body closer to the ground. Extend your arms straight out at shoulder height, and energize them by reaching then away from your body. Turn your head and focus your gaze just past your right fingertips, relax your shoulders down and away from your ears. Tuck your tailbone under, and engage your core by sucking your belly in towards your spine. To come out, exhale and lower your arms, step forward and on an inhale, return to mountain pose.
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Benefits: Strengthens your arms, shoulder, core, ankles, thighs and butt. Stretches your hip and groin muscles.
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To your health and wellness!