Flabby Arms? 6 Exercises To Tighten Sagging Skin On Arms

Have you started to develop flabby arms as you age?

Many middle-age and post-menopausal women complain about "loose, sagging skin that jiggles on the back of my arms."

Watch this video to learn 6 exercises to help flabby arms, plus additional tips to help sagging skin on the arms.

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What Causes Flabby Arms?

As you age, your skin loses its elasticity.

After the age of 25, you lose about 1% of collagen and elastin fibers each year.

Collagen and elastin are the fibers that allow skin to stretch and recoil.

Additionally, postmenopausal women experience drops in estrogen and testosterone levels, leading to loss of fat and muscle.

This results in loose, sagging skin, especially under the arms.

6 Flabby Arm Exercises to Tighten Sagging Skin

One of the best ways to combat flabby arms is to build muscle mass. Here are six effective exercises using only your bodyweight or dumbbells.

It helps to have a set of adjustable dumbbells  so that you can use the correct amount of weight for each exercise.  Additionally, as you get stronger, you'll want to increase your weight.

Triceps Kickbacks

Triceps kickbacks are great for strengthening your triceps. Pin your elbow to your side and straighten your arm back.

triceps kickback exercise

Avoid extending your elbow behind the plane of your body.

Perform 8 to 15 repetitions until fatigued.

While triceps kickbacks are a great exercise for flabby arms, they don't work the long head of the triceps.

Narrow Grip Triceps Push-ups

Narrow grip push-ups isolate your triceps more so than do regular pushups.

Keep your elbows close to your body as you lower yourself down and push back up.

triceps pushup exercise

For added resistance, you can move you center of gravity forward toward your hands.

Floor Press

If you don't have a workout bench, a floor press is a great exercise for flabby arms.

triceps dumbbell floor press

Keep your elbows close to your sides and press the weights up and down.

Skull Crushers

Skull crushers work the long head of your triceps. Lie on your back, hold the weights above your head.

Bend your elbows to lower the weights behind your head.

skull crusher exercise

Then straighten your arms and repeat for 8-15 reps per set.

Overhead Shoulder Press

Overhead shoulder presses are compound exercises that also work your triceps.

overhead dumbbell press

Keep your spine neutral and press the weights overhead.

Learn more about how to do shoulder presses correctly.

Overhead Dumbbell Triceps Extensions

For maximum long head activation, try overhead triceps extensions.

Hold the dumbbell with both hands, pinch your elbows together, and straighten your arms overhead.

overhead triceps extension exercise

This stretches the long head of your triceps maximally in the bottom position.

Additional Tips to Tighten Loose, Sagging Skin

Besides exercise, consider these tips for tighter skin:

  • Use sunscreen and avoid excessive sun exposure to protect your skin.
  • Avoid smoking and maintain a healthy diet.
  • Get enough protein to build muscle mass. Consider a protein meal replacement supplement if needed.
  • Vitamins such as Vitamin A and Vitamin E are essential for skin health. You can supplement these if necessary.
  • Collagen supplements can also help improve skin elasticity.
  • Have your thyroid checked, especially if you're postmenopausal, as thyroid disorders can affect skin health.

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