The Best Cardio Workouts to Work Out Your Arms

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Cardio workouts are great for getting your heart rate up and ensuring a decent sweat, but sometimes we become too focused on cardio instead of strengthening and toning our muscles. Fear not, because we have found the best cardio workouts that can simultaneously work out your arms for that sculpted look you've been working toward.

Swimming: Not only does swimming cool you down during hot summer days, but it also provides a killer cardio workout. You're getting full-body resistance from the water working against your leg and arm strokes, and you can burn up to 680 calories per hour! (via Prevention) Not a fan of swimming laps? Check out our six exercises to do in the pool.

Cardio machines with movable handles: Cardio machines like ellipticals or stair masters with movable handles are ideal for toning those arms and simultaneously getting in your cardio for the day. You'll want to focus on pushing and pulling the handles with every stride to make sure you get those arms a full workout. It can get exhausting, so try going one minute with the handles, then one minute without. Gradually increase your time increments with the handles. If your machine doesn't have movable handles, move your arms along your sides as you would if you were jogging. (via Prevention)

Rock climbing: The overhead handles offer amazing arm-strengthening benefits. You can burn up to 750 calories an hour lifting your body weight while rock climbing! If it seems a bit too adventurous, check your gym for rock climbing classes for beginners. (via Prevention)

Canoeing or kayaking: Take the whole family for a fun adventure on the water. Not only will you be making memories, but you'll also be sculpting those arms of yours! (via Prevention)


Kickboxing: Not only will you be able to unleash pent-up frustrations, but you will also be feelin' the burn in both your arms and legs. How does 680 calories an hour sound to you? Amazing? Yes? Check out our favorite kickboxing DVDs or learn more about similar exercises here. (via Prevention)

Jumping rope: Not only can jumping rope help you lose a bunch of weight, but it also works out your arm and shoulder muscles. Jump faster or use a weighted jump rope for an extra kick. (via AZcentral)

What are some of your favorite cardio arm workouts? Let us know in the comments below!