Before the advent of the modern gym equipments, the strength of our arm muscles was maintained by physical labour such as washing clothes by hand, chopping wood and scrubbing floors. So, let’s achieve the same effect by going through these 12 fun and interesting (albeit some unconventional) activities.
This exercise strengthens your triceps, the muscles along the back of your upper arms, and your chest muscles.
The steps :
1. Make sure that the chair is firm and won’t slide, or place it against a wall.
2. Sit on the edge of the chair. Place your palms on the seat of the chair, either side of your bottom, with fingers facing forward.
3. Place your feet flat on the floor with knees bent.
4. Press into your hands and lift your bottom about 3cm up and forward, until you can clear the seat of the chair.
5. Inhale as you bend your elbows, lowering your bottom towards the floor.
6. Keeping your elbows close to your sides, exhale as you extend your arnas and return to the starting position.
Note : Be careful you’re not cheating by pushing yourself back up with your legs rather than your arms.
This will encourage weeds to grow with wild abandon. Hold on, what? Yes, here’s why – a garden full of weeds means you have to get down on your hands and knees once a week and clear these weeds.
Best way to do this is to lean onto your hands as you weed. This action will build arm, shoulder and upper-back strength and pulling up the weeds provides an extra dose of arm-building strength.
Just remember to alternate hands as you reach and pull so that you are working both arms equally.
That’s right, fill your omelette with at least three different vegetables, such as spinach, mushrooms and onions. You’ll not only use your arms to whisk the eggs and chop the vegetables, but you’ll also improve your health by incorporating vegetables into your morning meal.
Have a large cleaver available for everyday kitchen chopping. In fact, professional chefs love cleavers for their weight and super-sharp, slightly rounded edge. Using one will definitely give your hand and arm a great workout while you cook.
You’ll strengthen your arms, shoulders and hands as you simultaneously soothe away stress. Nothing is more calming than the repetitive motion of kneading dough nor more pleasing than the smell of bread in the oven.
Plus, home-baked bread tastes better than anything bought from the shops or made in a breadmaker.
The forward and back action of using a rolling pin is a great arm and shoulder workout. And extra bonus – your family will thank you for your effort later, as no pizza chain food compares to the your home made pizza masterpiece!
You’ll build arm strength as you use your own elbow grease to mix batter. Be sure to use both hands to work your arms evenly.
Purposely store your pots and pans on low level shelves. That way, you need to lift the heavy pots onto the cook top each time you need them, building more arm strength with every meal.
Bearing the weight of a large jug of water may do wonders for your arms (2 litres of water weighs nearly 2 kg). Curl (just like bicep curls ya) your jug 5 times, bending your elbow and bringing your hand to your shoulder before pouring.
Everyone would know this popular exercise routine. Grasp a dumbbell in each hand. Extend your arms at your sides with palms facing forward. Exhale as you curl your hands towards your shoulders, keeping your elbows close to your sides.
Inhale as you lower the weights. This exercise strengthens the biceps, the muscles along the front of the upper arms.
Not only will you have cleaner floors than a mop provides, but you will strengthen your arms at the same time.
Aim to do three slow sets of 10 repetitions, with 20 seconds of breathing time between sets. For the biceps curl, beginners should use 2kg dumbbells, while more active adults can try 5kg or 7kg versions.