If you're gearing up to be a bride or bridesmaid this summer, there's a good chance that getting your best arms ever is on the priority list.
Similarly, you might feel the same if you've recently dropped far too much in Zara and now have a wardrobe of crochet and camisoles that need to be worn on repeat to make the bankruptcy worth it.
But, park your thoughts about why you want your arms to be your ultimate accessory for a second and listen to this: strengthening your upper body is important for postural alignment, especially if you sit (read: hunch over) a desk all day.
The best news is, to build strength and see increased definition doesn't have to be done in the gym - no need to muscle your way into the weights room, no.
How to: Place your hands about shoulder-width apart on the floor, then extend your legs behind you with your feet about three feet apart; your body should form a straight line from head to heels. Keeping your core tight, bend your elbows to lower your body toward the floor. Make sure your elbows are facing back, not flared to the side. Press back to start. That’s one rep. Complete 8 reps total. (Note: Lower your knees to the ground if needed.)
How to: Come down into a plank on your forearms, toes tucked, elbows under shoulders, and hips at the same height as shoulders. Pick up one arm and press that hand into the ground toward a high, straight-arm plank; do the same action with the other hand to complete the transition from low plank to high. With the lead arm, lower back to your forearm, then follow with the other hand. Try to avoid moving your hips throughout the move. That's one rep. Complete 8 reps.
How to: Start in a high plank, shoulders over wrists, hips tucked up toward belly button and ribs drawn toward hips. Drive one knee toward your chest, then the other. That's one rep. Continue alternating quickly for 30 reps.