For many, having toned muscles makes us feel and look good. But over time, the first signs of flaccidity begin to show, usually in our 30’s onward.
This could be due to lack of exercise, weight gain, pregnancy, sudden weight loss, hormonal changes, poor diet, etc…
One of the most troublesome areas is the arms, giving the hanging skin an appearance that could be embarrassing, and that could sometimes cause difficulty while dressing, due to their unsightly appearance.
Flaccidity is a loss of skin firmness due to collagen and elastin fiber degradation. This leaves the skin and muscles loose.
It primarily affects the areas of the abdomen, the glutes, the thighs, and arms.
What can we do to correct this bothersome and uncomfortable flaccidity?
There are lots of ways that can help you improve this situation, from natural remedies that help improve the look of our skin, to exercises aimed at strengthening and making our arm areas look good.
- Apple: mix half a glass of apple juice with half a glass of cantaloupe juice. Massage this over the flaccid areas. You can do this twice a week.
- Cantaloupe: wash and dice a small cantaloupe into several pieces. Mix the pulp with a bit of water in a blender with the juice of a medium lemon. Blend well and moisten gauze with the preparation, and place on the affected area.
Mix one tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of olive oil, and one egg yolk. Apply the paste to the arms for 15 minutes. Lastly, rinse with cold water.
Regular exercises promote the increase of muscle mass, helping tighten the skin while also oxygenating it. Daily water intake should be at least 2 liters a day, and is also indispensable for keeping hydrated and toned skin.
Exercises to recover muscle tone in the arms:
These exercises should be done after a previous warm-up, softly moving the shoulders, taking the hand toward the should time and again, without dumbbells or extra weight.
Stretching is also fundamental to prevent injuries or pain after exercising.
Stretching before and after muscle strengthening should be done slowly, and should be accompanied by smooth and deep breaths. Repeats at least 5 times on each side.
You can do 3 sets of 8 repetitions for each exercise.
Number 1: Place your knees on the ground, both legs slightly bent, and your palms supported on the ground. Arms should be straight, shoulder width apart, without curving your spine. Bend your arms while lowering to the ground, and then slowly extend as you rise.
Number 2: stand with your left leg in front of your right. Slightly bend your torso forward, and support your left hand on a bench, or some other resting place. Extend your right arm towards the floor, with a dumbbell.
Your right arm should be bent, with your elbow making a horizontal line with your shoulder. Extend your arm backward. After finishing, do the same with your other arm.
Number 3: either on your knees or your feet, but always with your spine straight. If you’re on your feet, place your legs slightly apart. Begin with your arms extended upward, with a dumbbell in one hand. Then, bend your elbow toward your head to form a 90 degree angle.
Foods that help prevent flaccidity
Salmon helps to keep the skin hydrated, red and citrus fruits, like lemon, strawberries, and blackberries, are rich in vitamin C, which is essential for the body to synthesize collagen.
Hazelnuts, chestnuts, almonds, garbanzos, peas, and lentils, also promote collagen and elastin production. Veal, chicken, and fish also prevent skin flaccidity.