5 Effective Exercises To Target Back Fat And Flabby Underarms

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We all have aspects of our bodies that make us feel insecure. Maybe you’re self-conscious about the bit of extra fat on your back or your somewhat flabby underarms. If these areas are making you stay away from wearing the clothing you want and feeling confident this summer, try out these simple yet effective exercises that can be done in the comfort of your own home.

1. Dumbbell Row

Place one knee on a slightly elevated surface (like a bench or table) and hold the weight (start with five pounds) with your opposite hand. Ensure your back is flat, then pull your arm straight back in a rowing motion with your elbow staying close to your side. Do 12 repetitions on each arm, and gradually incorporate more sets as you start to feel stronger.

2. Flies

Stand slightly bent forward at the waist with your feet a little less than shoulder-width apart. Start with your arms hanging down and palms facing one another, then raise your arms (again, try for five pound weights) in an outwards and upwards motion, stopping at shoulder height. Aim for three sets of 10, or however many you are able to build up towards.

3. Push-ups

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Push-ups are great for toning your arms, but they’re also great for strengthening your back. Ensure your back is flat and not sagging to practice proper push-up position. If doing push-ups on your toes is too difficult, you can lower yourself to your knees. Aim for two sets of 10, then build up to more.

4. Superman

Lie on your stomach with your arms stretched ahead of you and your legs extended. Lift your arms and legs off the ground at the same time, hold for a couple of seconds, then slowly release them back to the ground. Aim for three sets of 10 repetitions, or as many as you are able to do before building up to more.

5. Plank

Bring yourself into push-up position, except instead of resting on your hands, rest on your elbows about shoulder-width apart. Keeping a flat and firm back, hold this position for 30 seconds. Gradually work on building up to one minute, then more if you are able to.

Remember, when it comes to exercising, it’s important that you listen to your body. If something is causing you pain, stop that exercise immediately. If you have prior injuries or health problems, always consult with your doctor before trying a workout plan. You can also book an appointment with a personal trainer to create a workout plan that’s right for you.