Banish 'bingo wings'

Sarah-Belle Murphy
Monday, May 17, 2010
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There is nothing like a bit of arm wobble to take the edge off your favourite dress or top

No matter how hard you work out in the gym, if you're not specifically targeting the dreaded 'bingo wings' area they won't be going anywhere. It may be a tricky area to tone but it's not impossible. Health & Wellbeing has created the ultimate arm guide.

Muscle tone

The 'bingo wing' workout
Of course, toned muscles are the key to a bingo-wing free body. Do these exercises at least three times a week to help reduce underarm flab in preparation for spring. Do three sets of 12 to 15 repetitions every other day.

  1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and hold in your tummy. Hold your weight— a bottle of water will suffice — in your left hand with your elbow close to your temple and reach for the ceiling. Using a slow, controlled movement, extend your elbow 95 per cent overhead without locking. Repeat, and then switch arms.
  2. With feet apart, lunge forward with your right foot. Pull your left elbow back with your forearm perpendicular to the floor holding your weight. Hold your upper arm still and extend your forearm. Squeeze your triceps at the top of the move. Repeat, and then change to your left foot and right arm.
  3. Kneel on the floor and walk out your hands on the ground in front of you until your body forms a straight line from your head to your knees. Your hands should be directly beneath your shoulders, and your abs pulled in. Bending your elbows back so they stay close to your sides, slowly lower your chest towards the floor as far as you can comfortably go. Hold for a second, and then push yourself back up. Repeat.

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Your skin's appearance

Inside out
Strengthen and tone the appearance of your skin's structure from within. Increasing your intake of foods that contain silica — an essential part of the collagen molecule — will help lay good foundations. Eat lots of onions, mushrooms, bamboo shoots and alfalfa sprouts.

Boosting the circulation of your arms with a gentle daily exfoliation using a body scrub will help rid toxins as well as shifting dead cells from the surface to reveal a new brighter layer below.

Body firming creams are not a natural solution but they're great for achieving the appearance of toned limbs. They contain active ingredients that penetrate the upper layers of the skin for long-term results. The ingredients also form a layer on the skin's surface that tighten and offer an instant quick-fix.

Fake bake
Use the trick of light to make arms looked more toned. Use face bronzer from your make-up collection to highlight a shadow on your arms and make them look thinner. Do this by carefully shading in flabby undersides to give them more definition and make the skin appear more tauter.

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