3 Great Workouts For Wedding-Worthy Arms
Let's get one small thing outta the way, shall we? Despite that headline, you should all know this: you all have "wedding-worthy" arms. Your arms are worthy of this wedding, just like the rest of you. Whether they're big or small, firm or flabby, your arms will make very little difference to anyone's overall impression of your day - or, crucially, to the way your husband-to-be looks at you as you make your way down that aisle!
The only person whose opinion of your arms does matter, then, is you - and no matter how much you tell yourself your arms don't matter, that you're beautiful as you are and that you don't need to change, you might just feel that little bit more comfortable if you do a few toning exercises for your arms on the way!
Ashtanga yoga is a style of yoga that focuses on going through a series of poses (asanas) quite quickly, and is often promoted as being good for weight loss and overall toning (think Madonna during her Kabbalah phase!). With all of those downward dogs, Ashtanga is great for toning the arms and upper body, and a daily yoga practice can't but improve your overall body condition! For a host of yoga videos, check out (surprise, surprise!) YouTube; Rachel Brathen is one of our favorite yogis - her positive attitude is tough to ignore!
We're not huge fans of workout DVDs at DW towers, only because, well, we don't quite have the staying power some of them seem to require (and don't even get us started on Insanity!) - but Biggest Loser coach Jillian Michaels' 20-minute workout program is one of the best we've tried, and it actually gets results! Plus, as you'll see, it's tough to get a good workout that focuses only on arms, so as a happy coincidence, you'll tone up all over! Plus, 20 minutes isn't too tough to fit in around wedding planning.
Plain Ol' Weights
Look, sometimes there are no quick fixes - and doing a fairly simple, daily routine of arm weights will give you guaranteed results, especially if you give yourself a decent time frame (anything from 30 days up is plenty, and even in that limited time you'll see a difference). Invest in some simple arm weights of varying sizes. Again, check out YouTube for tutorials (we like this XHIT tutorial, especially for the cute British accent!) and find something you like - or, at least, don't totally hate - doing.