Our dog, Zig escaped when we first moved into our new place (Read about our move in Ways to Making Moving Easier with Baby). Zig is a basenji. If you know anything about basenjis, you know that they are fast.
It’s like trying to catch a chicken- nearly impossible, particularly if you are holding your giggling one year old at the same time.
After I had solidified myself as the screaming, crazy madwoman to all the new neighbors, I finally caught up to Zig attempting to organize a meet and greet with the neighbor’s dogs.
Ziggg! Come!! Treat!! Come!!! Oh, hi, I’m your new neighbor.
The point of this story is that I came to the realization on the trek back that I seriously need to lift more weights. It’s no easy task trying to carry an over-20 pound, struggling dog in one arm and an over-20 pound, equally-struggling baby in the other.
Since I clearly need more strength for my day job as mommy, I have developed some Easy Arm Exercises you can do anywhere.
After your easy arm exercise, be sure to check out the rest of my exercises and fitness tips and tricks just for busy moms!
Easy Arm Exercises
Earlier this week I promised you simple exercises to do with your homemade dumbbells. Here you go!
- Warm-up: 5 minutes of cardio to warm your muscles up. I like to switch between jumping jacks and jogging in place or around my house/yard. I often put W in the middle of the floor with some toys and I run around him. He thinks it’s very funny!
- Exercises: I keep my feet shoulder width apart and knees slightly bent for these exercises.
- Bicep Curls (10-12x): Start with your arms bent with the dumbbells out in front of your. Then, curl your arms up to your shoulders and bring them back down.
- Tricep Kickbacks (10-12x): Bent over slightly at the waist with your arms pulled back. Kick your arms straight backward.
- Shoulder Press (10-12x): Start with bent elbows and your arms out to the sides. Push the weights up over your head and slowly bring them back down.
- Front Shoulder Raise (10-12x): Start with your arms straight down in front of you. Slowly bring them up until they are straight out in front in line with your shoulders.
- Lateral Shoulder Raise (10-12x): Start with your arms by your sides. Slowly bring them straight out to the sides in line with your shoulders.
- Bent over Row (10-12x): Bent over slightly at the waist with your arms straight down in front of you. Bring them back past your back and down.
- Pushups (10-12x): Start in a straight-armed plank position. Bend your elbows until you are close to the ground. Then, straighten your arms and push back up.
- Cardio break: Take a few minutes to walk around/jog around/jumping jacks
- Repeat: I usually do 3 sets of these exercises
- Cool down: 5 minutes of cardio to cool down.
Didn’t make your homemade dumbbells yet? Don’t worry! Check out Diary of a Fit Mommy’s No Weights? No Problem! Arm Workout.
I hope you liked my Easy Arm Exercises!
Please leave me a comment and tell me your favorite ways to tone your arms.
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*Note: Please consult a physician before attempting any new exercise routine.