When you pick up your dumbbells, what do you do? Whether you're a seasoned pro at using your weights, or you've just picked up one of our best adjustable dumbbells and are still figuring out how to use them, we've got a new workout for you to try.
Earlier this year, expert PT Angie Bell took over our Instagram account to showcase her 30-minute arms and abs workout. Just grab a small space and a pair of dumbbells, and take on Angie's total-body blitz.
Angie's workout hits your whole body. You use your arms, using classic arm exercises with weights like bicep curls, shoulder presses and tricep extension, to help tone up and build muscle in your upper body.
Arm exercises don't just make you look good: they also improve grip strength, which has been found to be an indicator of overall health and longevity by researchers at the University of Vienna. Grip strength helps physical fitness, by preventing falls and other accidents in your old age, but was also found to be an indicator of heart health.
Well-developed muscles usually mean you're fit and healthy all-round, indicating healthy bones and a better muscle-to-body-fat ratio.
Angie's workout also contains plenty of squats, high knees, leg extensions and other leg-toning, core-crunching moves to help you burn fat and lose weight simultaneously.
Well-developed muscles usually mean you're fit and healthy all-round, indicating healthy bones and a better muscle-to-body-fat ratio. Angie's workout also contains plenty of squats, high knees, leg extensions and other leg-toning, core-crunching moves to help you burn fat and lose weight simultaneously.
If you're looking for more ways to build muscle on a budget, treat yourself to some of the best resistance bands. These easy-to-store, portable rubber bands are like an entire gym in your pocket thanks to their incredible versatility.
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Matt Evans is an experienced health and fitness journalist and is currently Fitness and Wellbeing Editor at TechRadar, covering all things exercise and nutrition on Fit&Well's tech-focused sister site. Matt originally discovered exercise through martial arts: he holds a black belt in Karate and remains a keen runner, gym-goer, and infrequent yogi. His top fitness tip? Stretch.
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