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Are You Hiding Behind Your Baggy Sweaters?

As the temperatures drop and the first snow of the season begins to drift from the sky, you might be tempted to pull the baggy sweaters out of the mothballs. There's nothing wrong with wearing a large sweater as part of your late autumn or winter look - and there's no doubt about how comfortable they are. But if you sigh in relief every time it's cold enough to wear loose clothing, you might consider making a plan to get more active this year. Then, when it warms up again, you can emerge from your oversized sweaters and feel comfortable in a sun dress.

If you're looking for ways to stay active, check out these great upper body exercises. Strap on your nuyu™ Activity Tracker and get ready to ditch the baggy sweater.

Curls are a simple and effective way to tone your arms.Curls are a simple and effective way to tone your arms.

1. Arm Curls
To begin, stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width. You'll need the wider stance to focus your balance. Carry a 5-pound dumbbell in each hand and curl your arms so that both of your elbows are at roughly a 70-degree angle. Squat slightly and curl one dumbbell toward your shoulder. Repeat this 14 times, alternating arms.

2. Bat Wings
Lay on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Hold a 5-pound dumbbell in each hand so that it's perpendicular to the ground. Maintaining a straight arm, lift the weight up over your head, creating an arc until it comes down to the floor above your head. Reverse the motion until you return to the starting position, then repeat with the other arm. Do this 10 times per arm.

3. Arm and Leg Lift
Here's one you can do without any equipment. Get down on your hands and knees, keeping your back slightly arched downward. Lift your right arm and point your fingers forward. At the same time, raise your left leg, pointing your toes out behind you. Hold for seven seconds, then return to the starting positions. Repeat with the opposite limbs. Do this 10 times.

Leg lifts help to tone your abs.Leg lifts help to tone your abs.

4. Backward Lift
Lie on your stomach with your forehead placed on your folded hands. Keep your elbows pointed outwards. Bend your knees until your lower legs are vertical. Pull your abdominal muscles up toward your spine and then slowly raise your thighs off the ground. Hold for three seconds, then lower your legs once more. Do this 10 times.

This article is for editorial purposes only. Always talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise regimen.
 
 
 

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