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Weighted gloves can help tone your arms.
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If you want to show off toned arms during the hot summer months, kick your cardio workout up a notch by wearing weighted gloves. Generally offering resistance of up to 4 pounds, the gloves have weighted pockets that sit on the backs of your hands, and sometimes also on your fingers. The extra resistance forces you to work harder, making you burn more calories while engaging your upper extremities.
Exercising With Weighted Gloves
Whether you walk briskly, take an aerobic-dance class, participate in a step class or enjoy cardio kickboxing, weighted gloves can add extra intensity and tone your arms. When exercising, move your arms; pump them back and forth, raise them out to your sides, perform curls or press them up overhead. Your muscles will work against the resistance of the gloves and will get more defined. Although slightly more uncomfortable, lightweight dumbbells or water bottles can also be used for resistance if you don't have weighted gloves.
Benefits of Weighted Gloves
Weighted gloves are safer than dumbbells because there's no risk of losing your grip and dropping the weight. Some people experience an increase in blood pressure when gripping dumbbells. Weighted gloves eliminate this problem and allow you to use your hands in a more natural manner; you can easily take a sip of water or sweep hair out of your face while working up a sweat. Aside from toning, the American Council on Exercise states that exercising with hand weights increases your oxygen consumption by 5 to 15 percent and your heart rate by five to 10 beats. You work harder and burn more calories.
Before wearing weighted gloves during your workout, consult your doctor, especially if you've previously had an injury or health condition. Moving your arms against resistance can aggravate pre-existing injuries and trigger new injuries and soreness, especially in your shoulders, wrists and elbows. The University of California recommends a gradually progressive approach that starts with 1-pound weighted gloves and slowly increases in resistance as you get stronger. Using weight heavier than 3 pounds is generally not recommended.
Other Ways to Tone Arms
Strength training exercises performed with free weights, machines, resistance bands or your body weight can also tone your arms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends strength training twice a week, and slowly working your way up to doing eight to 12 repetitions and two or three sets of each exercise. The resistance you use should be challenging so you're not able to do another repetition after finishing a set. Exercises can include, biceps curls, dips, triceps extensions, hammer curls and wrist curls.