Wave goodbye to flabby arms: 7 ways to blast arm fat

Learn how to slim down your arms with a top trainer's tips.

By Dee Van Dyk

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Tired of arms jiggling when you wave? Want slender and toned limbs? Arms can be one of the easiest places to tone, here's how to get started.

1. Wear tank tops
Yes, tank tops. If you're self-conscious about your upper arms and how they look, you probably steer clear of tank tops and sleeveless dresses. That's not necessarily the best way to motivate yourself to shed that arm fat says Cat Smiley, professional skier, two-time Canadian Trainer of the Year, and both the brains and brawn behind Whistler-B.C. based Cat Smiley's Fitness.

“A lot of women wait until they're buffed up and tank top ready before they wear them,” Smiley says of her decision to make tank tops part of her Boot Camp uniform. “Some women spend a lot of time covering what they perceive to be faults, but in reality I think it [wearing a tank top] does inspire you to get on with it. I'll start people with a tank top in the Boot Camp class and then I'll see Sally from Seattle in town, wearing a tank top – it shows her body image is improving.”

2. Change your self-perception
If toning your flabby arms is part of an extensive overall weight loss program, you need to shift the way you think of the person in the mirror.

“It's not just about losing weight,” says Smiley. “We get married to the identity we see in the mirror and when we lose weight and tone up, you can really miss the perception of who you are. It can be isolating – the friends you used to go for ice cream with on Sunday might feel resentful if now you want to go for a walk instead.”

It's one thing to lose 30 pounds, says Smiley, it's quite another to change your life. You won't change your life unless you change your mind.

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