The Best Exercises To Banish Underarm Fat For Good
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It’s bikini season, which means there’s a microscope (at least in our minds) on our midsections, legs, booties, arms and that pesky fleshy area between our armpits and chest.
In an effort to quash flab, we asked Libby Babet, founder of Bondi’s Agoga and Bottoms Up! Fitness, to spill her top tips.
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I have to say that a lot of time that cheeky little bit of skin poking out has more to do with wearing the incorrect bra size than having excess fat. But to lose fat from any area, you need to lose fat all over. Review your lifestyle and create consistency in eating healthily and moving your body daily. You can tone up the underlying muscles too—anything that works your chest, arms, shoulders and back will be helpful.
Is it only about working out?
A lot of women carrying extra weight around this area tend to be oestrogen dominant. Reducing your exposure to chemicals such as BPA (in plastic bottles), chemical beauty products and non-organic, processed foods helps. Green vegetables help flush excess oestrogens and you can add a daily supergreens supplement daily (Nu-Zest Good Green Stuff and Sunwarrior Ormus Supergreens are delicious mixed with coconut water). This will help in a big way—stick to it for at least a month to see if it’s working for you.
Physically, what exercises target this area?
Try my “Chest Lift Pulse,” which you can do standing or sitting, without equipment. Place your hands and forearms against each other, elbows directly in front of your shoulders. Elbows, wrists and fingertips should be touching, like you’re saying your prayers. Then pulse your arms up to the ceiling to your chin and back down—aim for 100 pulses!
Additionally, do push-ups. Try them with your hands wider than your chest, your hands directly under it or with staggered hands, triceps push-ups or wall push-up pulses. Type these into Google to check your technique before diving in. Another favourite at-home toner is what I call the “Dish Towel Pull-Over”.
Grab a dish towel, twist it, then hold it at each end in front of your body, pulling it taut so your muscles are engaged. Then raise your hands overhead and bring the towel down behind your head to touch your shoulders before pressing it back up to the ceiling and bringing it in front again. Keep the tension the whole time and complete 40 repetitions. Exercise this area every other day, to give your muscles a chance to recover.
In a gym setting, what’s best to focus on?
To help reduce the saggy look, do exercises that engage your back muscles and improve posture. Pull-ups, dumbbell and plank rows, back fly variations and any pulling or rowing motion will help. And check your posture throughout the day, too – be mindful of how you’re sitting at your desk.
Does anything help keep breasts perky?
Working out your chest muscles is a big help, but keeping your back muscles strong is potentially even more important, so make sure you’re doing two posterior (back of your body) chain exercises for every one anterior (front side) to keep things in check! But remember, your breasts are mostly made up of fat, so no amount of muscle tone will change their shape completely.