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Get rid of armpit fat in a jiffy with these 7 exercises

Armpit fat is not as stubborn as thigh or abdominal fat. That means you can reduce the fat around the armpit area and tone the muscles with these exercises.

Armpit swelling can flare up with time
Armpit swelling can flare up with time. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Aayushi Gupta Updated: 13 Jul 2021, 17:54 pm IST
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When it comes to arms and the area around your armpit, many people believe that the area can be toned or tightened only with specific weight lifting exercises. But wait, this is a misconception. If you’re dealing with fat around your armpits and want to lose it all, you can get rid of it by working out. 

Armpit fat is the extra fold of skin between your arm and your breast that becomes particularly noticeable when you put on a bra. Wondering the kind of exercises that can help? Let’s find out!

Here are certain effective exercises that can help to burn armpit fat fast:
1. Pushups

Oh yes, the classic and popular pushup is the first on the list of exercises to lose armpit fat. Pushups not only help to reduce armpit and underarm fat, but it can also build upper body strength. After all, they target all the primary muscle groups in your body – including those of the arm, abdominal area, hips, shoulder, chest, back and legs. 

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It’s time to nail push-ups. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Here’s how to do it:
  • Lie face down on the floor, and get into a pushup position.
  • Slowly lower your chest, engaging your back muscles and bending elbows. 
  • Now lift your body, balancing your palms and toes. 
  • Repeat and push your body up and down by letting your knees bend and touch the ground.
  • Repeat this exercise several times. 
2. Jumping jacks

Jumping jacks are a fun way to lose weight in all the unwanted areas. The areas include your armpit region, legs, belly, hands, hips and glutes.

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This jumping jack move is your key to lose armpit fat. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Here’s how to do it:

  • Stand straight with your arms at your sides. 
  • Jump up as you spread your feet wider than your hips, bringing your arms overhead, so your hands almost clap together. 
  • Jump again to bring your feet back together and lower your arms.
3. Superman

As the name suggests, this exercise looks like superman’s flying. It targets your arms and leg muscles, and aligns your body weight. This is while stabilising your back and tightening arm muscles for a firm look.

Here’s how to do it:
  • Lie down on the belly with your arms stretched out in front of you. 
  • Lift up your head, chest, feet and thighs, all at the same time.
  • Keep your focus on stretching and breathing and hold the pose for 4-5 seconds. Repeat this 3-4 times. 
4. Mountain climbers

Mountain climbers help you reduce fat in the armpits effectively, as that puts pressure in this area. This exercise perfectly combines core and cardio exercises that target your abs, shoulders, arms, chest as well as belly. Thus, it can be considered as a full-body workout. 

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Mountain climber is an important part of the workout session for reducing armpit fat. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Here’s how to do it:
  • Get down on all fours (like you go in a straight/high plank).
  • Now bring your left leg close to your chest. Bring your right leg close to your chest.
  • Repeat it alternatively.
5. Downward dog To upward dog

Downward dog to upward dog position will strengthen your arms and shoulders. Practicing this pose regularly will help you to get rid of the arm fat.


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Downward-facing dog to upward dog pose is your one stop solution. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Here’s how to do it:
  • Exhale step feet back one at a time and land in the downward dog.
  • Inhale while in the plank position, keep the core engaged, with your hips high.
  • Now, exhale in the chaturanga position and inhale into the upward facing dog position.
  • Straighten elbows, as you gaze forward and open the chest. 
  • Do this cycle for 8-10 repetitions per set. 
6. Circling arms

This warmup gets your blood moving throughout the body, thereby helping you build a strong upper body. What’s more, it can be done pretty much anywhere. You can perform either half circles or full circles, because both have a significant effect on the fat around the armpit area.

Here’s how to do it:
  • Stand with your feet and extend your feet parallel to the floor
  • Slowly rotate your hands in circles on both sides in the clockwise direction. 
  • Also rotate the hand’s anti-clockwise direction too. Repeat it 20 times on each side for impact. 
7. Plank to side plank rotations

There’s nothing that a plank can’t do! It is one of the best endurance exercises to reduce arm fat. It builds stability, endurance and strength, and comes with a number of effective arm building variations, so you’ll never be bored.

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Plank to side plank rotations can work effectively. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Here’s how to do it:
  • Get down into the plank position and twist your core and lift your left hand toward the ceiling.
  • Let the right palm rest on the floor and engage your abdominal muscles and keep your torso straight. Hold the position for 15-20 seconds. 
  • Bring your left hand in the initial position, and repeat on the right side. 

Perform these exercises regularly to see results soon!

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