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How can I tone up my arms and thighs?

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Tone your arms and thighs by exercising the muscles routinely and adding resistance. Toning muscles requires hard work and dedication and will not happen overnight. The only weights you will need are two 5- to 10-pound dumbbells.

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  1. Tone triceps

    Tone your triceps by performing a triceps press. Lay flat on the floor, face up, with your knees bent. Hold one dumbbell in each hand with your arms over your shoulders and your palms facing in. Bend your elbows, bringing the dumbbells behind your head. Return your arms to their starting position above your head. Repeat this exercise 15 times each day.

  2. Tone biceps

    Stand with your feet at least shoulder width apart and your toes pointed at a 45-degree angle. Hold a dumbbell in each hand, with your arms by your side and your palms facing in. Bend your elbows, curling the weight upward toward your chest. Perform these curls one arm at a time, alternating arms. Repeat this exercise 15 times each day.

  3. Tone thighs

    Stand with your legs wider than shoulder width apart and your toes pointed at a 45 degree angle. Squat, keeping your knees behind your toes. Maintain this squat for 5 seconds. Stand up to return to the start position. Repeat this exercise 15 times daily.

  4. Increase repetitions

    As you gain muscle strength and tone, increase the number of repetitions that you do for each exercise.

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