Are you suffering from a severe case of bingo wings? Nothing can dampen your confidence quicker than saggy, flabby-looking arms. If you dream of wearing sleeveless tops and spaghetti straps without fear, you’ve come to the right place.
Saggy arms can have many different causes – loose skin from weight loss, aging, excess fat, and even untoned muscle can be to blame for your undesired underarms.
Fortunately for us all, there are only three areas we have to work on to tighten arm skin; toning the skin, increasing muscle mass, and reducing excess fat! So it’s time to fight the flab and banish those bingo wings once and for all.
Here’s how to get rid of flabby arms just in time for the summer months!
1. Eat a collagen-boosting diet
Did you know that collagen is one of the best natural proteins for firming the skin? The body produces heaps of collagen up until your mid-to-late twenties when levels start to decrease. That’s why women can go on to develop the saggy underarm skin we know as bingo wings.
To tighten arm skin and get back to looking our best, we need to boost the levels of collagen in our bodies. The easiest way to do that is through collagen boosting foods including:
- Bone broth
- Fish & shellfish
- Egg whites
- Leafy greens
You can also take collagen supplements, which are available in powder or capsule form. Collagen powder can be added to smoothies, food, and beverages – while capsules offer a fuss-free way to supplement your body’s natural collagen.
2. HIIT exercises
High-intensity interval training, otherwise known as HIIT, is a great way to burn off excess fat. This type of workout involves repeating sets of hard-level exercises, with short periods of recovery in between. Although HIIT is infamous for its brief workout times (with some HIIT sessions only lasting 7 minutes), it’s still one of the best cardio workouts for burning off those calories!
The way HIIT works is by creating an ‘afterburn’ effect. To do this, you need to work your body at around 80% capacity in brief spurts of 20-40 seconds. Once you’ve finished your set, you go into a recovery period of 120 seconds – this is where the ‘afterburn’ effect comes into play.
It takes the body as much energy and oxygen to return to normal basal levels as it does to exercise, creating the afterburn of calories. This makes HIIT perfect for those wanting to lose fat without losing too much time out of their schedule!
Our favorite workouts combine HIIT with arm exercises. Try the workout below and take your arms from flabby to foxy in no time at all.
3. Tone those triceps
If excess fat or loss of skin suppleness isn’t to blame for your bingo wings, then it might be your triceps that are at fault. Not regularly exercising your triceps can lead to cellulite build-up and untoned, drooping muscle mass – so not cute! To perk up your muscles and further tighten arm skin, you need to give your arms a good working out.
For those who don’t have any equipment lying around the house, press-ups, chair dips, and arm circles are easy free-weight exercises that pack a punch. If you have access to some weights or decide to make your own weights out of household objects (water bottles are great for this), tricep extensions, barbell skull crushers, and tricep kickbacks will get those muscles burning!
Try the workout below for a quick and effective arm workout that uses no weights at all.
4. Dry brushing
Dry brushing is an extremely popular way to tighten arm skin and other problem areas on your body, and it’s extremely simple, too – just grab yourself a dry brush and scrub your skin in the direction towards your heart!
Body brushing can stimulate blood flow and circulation into your skin, which promotes tightening and firmness. It’s also claimed that dry brushing can reduce the appearance of cellulite and bumpy, noticeable fat.
The boost in circulation will increase collagen levels, which firms the skin, while the dry bristles rub away at any dead skin and encourage skin renewal. Our favorite body brush is the Tone & Glow Body Brush, available in the Fabulous Arms Kit.
5. Supercharge your skincare
Want to know how to get rid of flabby arms with minimal effort? Skincare is key!
Look for firming products that are high in caffeine if you want to see instant lift and firmness in your underarm skin. Components such as antioxidants and peptides are important ingredients in skincare too, as they promote collagen and reduce the effects of aging.
This lightweight, non-greasy serum targets dull, rough, and crepey skin on the arms. Used twice daily, it’s the perfect addition to your bingo wing battle plan!