What is a good cardio exercise for the upper body?

I have been walking and doing the treadmill for years, and have very defined legs, but because i am overweight, i am shaped like mrs. potato head. What exercise can i do to promote weight loss in my upper body while at the same time giving me definition.

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  • Mama R
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    Try an upper body ergometer. Lots of gyms have them....its like riding a bike with your arms.

  • 1 decade ago

    In order to get definition in your arms and upper body, weight lifting is a must. There are many different exercises you can do for this, however, you absolutely need cardio workouts at least 4 times a week, approx 15-20 min long to promote a higher metabolism and ultimately lead to weight loss. I reccomend doing your cardio first, then your weights as your metabolism will be in high gear for your entire workout rather than just the end of it. Try the eliptical, it works very well, its a whole body workout and not as boring as the treadmill!

  • 1 decade ago

    The best exercise for getting definition is weight lifting! I was doing cardio for a year and noticed not results. I started lifting light weights. Noticed improvement in 3 weeks! I now lift heavier weights to gain more definition. Try buying M&H Hers Magazine. It has "real workouts" that you can do in good time every other day! Also, look on yahoo for weight training upper body. (Triceps/Biceps/Lats/Shoulders/Forearms).

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Yes Your body is an organism and burns fat as it needs it when you are losing weight. You can't lose fat in a specific area. Upper boy weights should stress the muscles and build that area give it more definition. And the key is to do cario every day. I walk 40 minutes a day outside every day. Rain, wear rain clothes. Cold, wear warm clothes. And six or seven monthsis a good time frame.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You know what I do....I do a lot of calisthenic type deals where I stand and imitate a swimmer's motion. I'll do 100 "freestyle" motions, and 100 "butterfly" motions, and 100 "backstroke" motions, and 100 "breaststroke" motions. All while standing and watching TV, or whatever.

    You do that a couple times a week, you'll start noticing some serious toning up top.

  • 1 decade ago

    elliptical machine, and rowing machine.

    winsor pilates's upper body workout is supposed to be good too.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    read tips on some great exercise programs on this site

    Source(s): Useful tips on almost any topic - http://www.free-tip.blogspot.com/
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Workout

    Exercise 1 - Chest and Shoulders

    Lie on your back and grasp your weights with the palms of your hands facing up, and your arms outstretched to the sides. With your elbows slightly bent, lift your arms above your chest until your hands are almost touching. Return to starting position and repeat.

    Exercise 2 - Chest and Shoulders

    Lie on your back and grasp your weights with the palms of your hands facing up, and your arms outstretched above your head. Grip your weights and bring them over your head and down to your hips, by your sides - a semi-circular motion. Lift back to starting position and repeat.

    Exercise 3 - Chest and Back

    Sitting with your back straight (preferably supported) and legs straight out in front of you, hold your weights in at your chest with your elbows out to the side (parallel to the floor). Push your arms out straight in front of you then pull them back in. Repeat.

    Exercise 4 - Back and Shoulders

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart and arms by your sides, gripping the weights with palms facing outwards. Making sure your movements are slow and concentrated, tense your shoulder and upper back muscles, then slowly "shrug" them up and down.

    Exercise 5 - Shoulders and Upper Arms

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart and arms raised straight up above your head, grip your weights with your palms facing behind you. Slowly bring your arms forward and down, without bending at the elbow, until level with your shoulders. Lift back to starting position and repeat.

    Exercise 6 - Upper Arms, Shoulders and Back

    Standing with feet slightly apart, grasp your weights and bend at the waist until your torso is parallel to the floor. Extend your arms towards the floor with palms facing outwards. Lift your arms out to the side, keeping them straight, until parallel to the floor. Return to the starting position and repeat.

    Exercise 7 - Upper Arms, Shoulders and Back

    Standing with feet slightly apart, position your arms straight down in front of you almost against your body - with your weights almost touching. Bend your elbows and lift your weights towards your chin, bringing your elbows out to the side, in line with your shoulders. Return to the starting position and repeat.

    Exercise 8 - Arms and Chest

    The classic push up. With your hands shoulder width apart place your palms on the floor. Stretch out your body with either your knees on the floor, or if you're feeling ambitious, your toes - so you are supporting your body weight. Keeping your back straight and using your arms lower yourself gently toward the floor until you are hovering just over it. Push yourself slowly back to your starting position and repeat. Remember - don't lower yourself to the point where you come into contact with the floor, it'll be much harder to push back up.

    Exercise 9 - Arms

    In a sitting position with your back straight, relax your arms in line with your body. Grip your weights with your palms facing upwards and curl them up towards your shoulders,

    Source(s): ME or i found it somewhere but its really helpful
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