When it comes to getting a sexy, toned bod, a lot of women focus solely on their butt, hips, abs, and thighs. But while you鈥檇 think that your upper body wouldn鈥檛 impact your physique as much as, say, a toned booty, it鈥檚 actually super important. So stop skipping arm workout聽day! We know the same old push-up routines get boring, but adding strength to your arms will go a long way toward keeping your midsection slim, not least because the more muscle you put into your body, the faster your metabolism will function. With that in mind, here are聽five non-pushup exercises that will help you get lean, toned arms that boost your progress toward ALL of your fitness goals.


1. Plank: Planking is one of the most basic exercise moves out there, but it builds all the muscles you need to do more intensive exercises, like push-ups and pull-ups. If you鈥檙e new to plank (or to fitness in general), start out by keeping your knees on the ground and your hands under your shoulders. Your arms should be straight, but don鈥檛 let your elbows lock or overextend. Your entire body should be one straight line from knees to shoulders聽(watch out for hips that jut toward the ceiling!). Hold the plank for as long as you can 鈥斅爌referably about one minute. After you鈥檝e mastered the move on your knees, you can start doing a full plank, with only your toes on the floor.


2. Chaturanga: All the yoginis out there know what we mean. Chaturanga is a yoga move that鈥檚 part of a basic sun salutation. You鈥檒l start in plank position, and then slowly lower your body down toward the floor. Pause when your upper arms are in line with your chest. Hold this for a few seconds before jutting your chest forward and moving your body into urdhva mukha svanasana (upward dog). This sequence will give you AMAZING triceps within just a few weeks of beginning your yoga practice.


3. Resistance Band Chest Press: Resistance bands are a fantastic聽alternative to gym equipment, and 鈥 bonus! 鈥 you can use them in the privacy of your own home. A chest press will work pretty much the exact same muscles as a push-up. You鈥檒l start by affixing your resistance bands to a door, or something in your home that鈥檚 about the level of your chest. (You might also consider purchasing a band that will simply go around your upper back.) Facing away from the anchor point, hold the resistance bands at shoulder height, with your fingertips pointing downward. Slowly press the handles straight out in front of you. As you bring them back toward your body, resist along the way.


4. Tricep Dips: This is yet another exercise that can be done right in your own home. It鈥檚 essentially a reverse push-up, but you鈥檒l use a couch or chair as a prop. Set yourself up so that your hands are resting on the edge of the chair, with your fingertips pointing toward you. Keep your arms straight and extend your legs out in front of you so that you鈥檙e at a 45-degree plane. Next, lower your butt down toward the floor, but don鈥檛 actually sit down. Press back up, and repeat as many times as you can.


5. Wall Press: One step behind a traditional push-up is the infamous wall press. This is, in simple terms, a push-up performed against a wall. Because you鈥檙e at an angle, it聽won鈥檛 be as challenging as a real push-up鈥 but it鈥檒l still get the job done. We think how to do a push-up goes without saying, but here鈥檚 one bit of advice: Moving your feet farther from the wall 鈥斅爋r bracing yourself against a lower surface like a stair, bench, table, or desk 鈥斅爓ill increase the challenge (and effectiveness) of this exercise.

What are your favorite exercises to do at home? Tweet @BritandCo聽to let us know!

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