image036It’s easy to hide upper arms in winter but in a couple of months, when the sun starts to shine, we’re going to have to expose those wiggly, jiggly arms that are starting to look like ham hocks! So what’s the best exercise to keep them in shape? A study at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse compared different exercises searching for the most effective. The best one was the TRIANGLE PUSH UP or also known as the DIAMOND PUSH UP. You start with the plank position (knees on floor for novices) suck in your abdominals, tighten your glutes (butt) and place your hands on the floor with your thumbs touching and your forefingers touching – essentially forming a triangle (or diamond). Lower and raise your body, with your arms, keeping your back straight (don’t let it sag) and abdominals engaged. Start with one set (8-12) reps every second day for the first week, then increase to 3 sets. If you get really good then straighten your legs and keep your knees off the floor. Here’s to Spring and showing those arms!