Bingo wing attack. Banish the wobble!

Bingo wing attack. Banish the wobble!

For those of you not familiar with the term, 'bingo wings' refers to the ‘wobble’ that appears underneath upper arms. The problem shows up when arms aren’t toned, or after weight loss leaves loose skin. It isn’t just a female issue; men can get 'chap flaps' too. 

Whatever we call them, most of us would rather not have them – so what can we do to banish bingo wings?

Losing fat won’t produce toned arms, just smaller arms. To tighten things up, you need to exercise. The muscles that you need to work are the triceps – these are the muscles that straighten your arms and pull against your biceps.

Most everyday activities don’t exercise these muscles, so unless you are a regular church bell-ringer you will need to do some work.

Here is a ten-minute bingo wings blaster, with accessible exercises for anyone. Do remember to warm up first, especially if you aren’t used to exercising. Too much too soon can cause injury, so start gently, even though you may think these exercises seem very easy.

The particular exercises that will work include:

  • Push ups and press ups – as well as the standard ‘marines’ version, try vertical pushes against a wall, or the easier floor version starting on all fours.
  • Tricep dips; be careful with technique on these. This short video gives some excellent hints. Don’t worry if you don’t want big muscles; they won’t creep up on you!
  • Remember to balance things out by strengthening your biceps as well. Try these  exercises to add tone to the front of your upper arms and support your joints.

Add these short sessions to your regular swim and gym visits, and watch those bingo wings fly away!

 

Comments

Clare R.
14 August 2014

Clare R.

I'm doing those wall push-ups - great because you can do them any time you remember without having to get on to a floor.

Trevor D.
12 August 2014

Trevor D.

oh yes, bingo wings come to us all regardless of gender. Seems to be about the time you also need the reading glasses, so I'm paying the penalty for chuckling at that too!

Sasha B.
12 August 2014

Sasha B.

Ha ha - this makes me laugh because I used to laugh at my mum's wobbly underarms. Now I am starting to understand how it happens to most women! Love the 10 minute wings blaster :)

Elizabeth N.
11 August 2014

Elizabeth N.

I hate my arms, summer is the worst for trying to cover them up. Will be giving these exercises a go

Phillip H.
9 August 2014

Phillip H.

'chap flaps' - love it. I tried some of these exercises, the standing ones are particularly good because you do them whenever you have a spare minute.

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