Yoga & Exercises For Strong Upper Body

By Patricia | September 15, 2009
Upper Body Exercises

Excessive fat on the upper body can be a little embarrassing for men, especially when it accumulates around the chest. If you do not endorse the idea of decreasing the size of the chest by surgery, then upper body exercises can help you in your endeavor. A good way to decrease your chest size is to lose body fat proportionately.

Upper body exercises can help you to accentuate the muscle mass and also improve your metabolism. The following upper body exercises can catalyze the process of decreasing the size of your chest. Bench presses are considered as one of the best upper body exercises which can aid in building the muscles in the chest. Bench presses can be done with the help of dumbbells or barbells. You need to lie down on your back and hold the dumbbells (or barbells) in your hands. Gradually raise the dumbbells (or barbell) above your chest and then come back to the original position.

Upper Body Stretches

A Cable crossover is another type of upper body stretches exercise which will facilitate in decreasing the chest size by toning the muscles of the chest. A cable pulley machine is required for this exercise. On both the sides of the machine a pulley is attached to it. While standing straight you need to pull the pulley towards yourself and bring it as close to your chest and this step can be repeated for several times.

Exercises Without Weights

While weight training can help you target specific areas, if you are looking for a more holistic and total-body approach to fat loss, why not try yoga? Practicing yoga returns your body back to its natural proportions. If you are overweight, yoga can help you to lose weight, and if you are underweight, it will help you gain weight.

Yoga Exercises For Shoulders

An excellent yoga exercises for the chest and shoulder muscles is the Bhujanga Asana (or Cobra Pose). To perform this exercise, lie down flat on the ground on your stomach, with your arms at your sides. Bring your arms near your chest on either side of your body with your palms flat on the floor (or yoga mat). Inhale deeply and raise your chest off the ground by curling your back and extending your arms. Raise your chest as high as you can until your elbows are straight. Your eyes should be raised as high as they can. Maintain this posture for as long as you can, and then return to the starting position while exhaling slowly.

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