The Body You’ve Always Dreamed Of: 4 Ways to Tone Your Muscles
Achieving life-long fitness is a goal many people have, but when it comes right down to it, the question most people have is, “How do I tone my muscles?” The good news in this is that it is relatively simple to do. Not easy, but simple.
The best way to get started is to set goals. Next, put together an exercise schedule and stick with it. Finally, put these four details about muscle tone to work, and there will be a fitter, happier you soon.
4 Ways to Tone Your Muscles
Toning your muscles is very straightforward. It takes four things done consistently:
1. Resistance training (weights) to tone the muscles
2. Cardiovascular exercise for overall health and fat loss.
3. Maintaining a healthy diet for fat loss and to show off those toned muscles.
4. Avoiding fatty foods and sweet drinks.
Many people believe that fitness begins in the kitchen, and to a certain extent, that’s true. Unfortunately, although you can lose weight by eating less, real fitness with muscle tone won’t come without exercise. What follows are a few things that can be done to tone your muscles.
Thirty minutes of cardio. To improve the cardiovascular system, there needs to be an increase in heart rate. Any number of methods can achieve this. This includes running, walking, swimming, and even gardening or chasing after kids. Whenever heart rate is increased over a prolonged period, cardiovascular fitness is improved.
Exercise in a fasted state. Whenever exercise is performed without eating, muscles must draw their energy from other sources, namely fat. Exercising before eating also improves circulation and metabolism.
Work the core. If there’s one thing that will improve your body’s look more than anything else, it’s to flatten the stomach muscles. These will also improve stability, balance, and definition. Core exercises that will make your abs pop are mountain climbers, burpees, and running high knees. Add in pushups and planks, and you will see improvement fast.
Use HIIT training. HIIT (high-intensity interval training) is a great way to burn fat and define muscles. HIIT involves short bursts of intense, all-out effort. One of the best things about HIIT is that it requires no equipment. It takes only body weight.
Sealing the Deal
If achieving muscle tone was easy, everyone would be fit and trim. Unfortunately, alas, it’s not. The secret that most people aren’t aware of is that there’s one other thing to make real fitness happen: share it. That’s right.
Share it. Getting fit with someone else is one of the best ways to get fit and maintain results. Working out with a friend builds accountability into the equation. It’s harder to skip a workout with someone else, cheat a rep, or take a second helping. It’s like having a little Jiminy Cricket on your shoulder to remind you that the long term gains are more important than short-term comfort.
Let’s face it: most people don’t want to look like gladiators on steroids. All they want to do is to look and feel better. That’s good news because looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger means hours in the gym and lots of special diets. For most people, however, muscle tone is what they are after. And for muscle tone, following the recommendations above will get you results faster than anything else.