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.
Love the homemade dumb bells! I have a selection of weights but I usually need something in between what I have so this would be the perfect solution.
I have so been there packing two struggling 20 lb somethings. Thank you for the exercise routine. It definitely looks like something I could do. 🙂 I appreciate how approachable you made them. 🙂
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Deborah- haha, I’m glad you can relate. I hope you like the exercise. Thanks for stopping by!
I’m going to have to start some of these! I carry my peanut of a two year old around a fair bit, but since she can hold up some of her own weight, it’s no big deal (plus I can stick her on my hip). But I just started watching a 3 month old and he gets heavy! It’s funny how a 12 pounder can feel so much heavier than a 25 pounder!
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Lauren- Yes, my son doesn’t help me out at all. He’s just dead weight! My niece, on the other hand, is like a feather. She’s three months older than him too. Thanks for your comment.
I’m going to have to give this lil’workout a try! Thanks for the share ❤
Lol! I can picture the struggling 20 pound something’s far too well! This workout seems like it would be a really good idea to start. Off to pin-thanks for sharing!!
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Tarynn- Yes, it’s not easy! Thanks for the pin. I hope you like it!
Clever idea for squeezing in some arm exercises! I used to do dips while at my desk…I need to get back into it.
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Donella- That’s so smart! I’ll have to try that while blogging. Thanks for stopping by.
Wow…i needed this today. Haven’t been to the gym in forever since having a baby and my excuses window has closed. Time to get back at it! 🙂 Thanks for the motivation!
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Maggie May- It’s definitely to get back into a fitness routine after baby. Good luck! Thanks for stopping by.
These are great exercises! I bet I could also use a tension band too!
Melodi- Thanks! You could definitely use a tension band. I have some of those and they are great.
Great way to meet the neighbors! (Canine ambassador, I mean. Not the arm exercises. But they look good too. )
Ann Marie- haha, I guess Zig just wanted to be friendly with the new neighbors!
Great arm routine. I joke about how my arms were much stronger when I had an infant. Now when I carry around someone else’s child for a few hours it amazes me how much strength it takes, lol!
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Branson- Yes, babies are surprisingly heavy for being so small! Thanks for stopping by.
Love the DIY dumb bells! I also laughed out loud so loudly at your description on you chasing Zig that Courtney was very amused!
Anna- I can totally see you making something like this! You are very DIY! haha, You should have seen me. It wasn’t pretty.
Great use of the cool dumbbells you just posted about. I definitely need to work on my arms, they are definitely problem areas.
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Jen- I have heard that arms are one of the easiest areas to tone, so I definitely use that as motivation! Thank you for stopping by.
I could totally see myself using the milk jugs for weights! Love this routine… adding to my weekly workouts!
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I so need to work on my arms! Your post couldn’t have come at a better time 🙂 Thank you!
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I get this type of workout every time I go grocery shopping with my wife. Get this, no put that back and get this, up, down, up down….
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Scott- haha! I’m sure my husband would agree with you. He likes to go grocery shopping alone. Thanks for your comment!
I don’t do exercised anymore, I haven’t in years. Your idea for homemade weights is fantastic!
Valmg- Maybe you could get back into it! I have lots of pretty simple ideas on my fitness page. Thanks for stopping by.
Great frugal idea! I am all about creative ideas that are budget friendly! I could also use a bit more exercise myself! Thanks for the tips!
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You look great and I had a good chuckle at your milk gallons. Anything that helps is good.
YES!! Thanks for sharing this via Mommy Monday, I’m always looking for a good arm workout 🙂
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i love your handmade Dumbbells! I have been working out with my wii u! It’s so customizable!
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Maggie- Thank you! I love working out with the Wii. I was amazed that you really get a good workout from it!
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