15 Quick Body Toning Tips
Tip 1 -
Tummy Toner - In addition to your toning
workout, eat smaller portions. Your stomach is only about as large
as your fist. So no need to stuff yourself with a large plate full
Tip 2 -
Try a Trainer - Get advice or help from
a trainer from time to time. Some online trainers are pretty affordable
like around $2 week at eDiets.com. Or search your favorite online
engine for free fitness forums and chat away.
Tip 3 -
Posture Practice - Practice improving your
posture daily, no matter whether you are sitting at your work desk,
sitting at home in the family room or at the table, or standing and
- Variety - Vary your toning routine during
the week. Alternate days that you do cardio work on days when you
don't do your toning work.
Tip 5 -
Routine - Also vary your routine. Research
shows that a body can adapt to the same routine over a 4- to 6-week
time frame. When you vary the routine, the body works harder, trying
to adapt once again. At least increase the intensity or amount of
sets you do. But "change" something.
- Warm Up - Don't forget to warm up with some
stretches before diving into your toning exercises in both cardio
and strength training. You only need about 5 to 8 minutes. And target
the muscle groups that you'll be using. What is "WARM-UP" -A warm-up
period helps your body by passing along lots of blood, full of nutrients,
to areas that are about to be exercised, resulting in the warming
up of the muscles and the lubrication of the joints. No matter whether
you are working out at home, in a fitness center or outdoors, regardless
of weather, you need to warm up before beginning all exercise activities
in order to prepare your body for your workout. So improve your performance
and reduce your risk of injury with a warm-up period.
What is "COOL-DOWN" - The period of 5 to 10 minutes at the end of
your workout is the cool-down period. It allows time to lower your
heart rate before you dash back off to work or other activities after
your workout sessions, and reduces your risk of muscle soreness and
injury that could come from your workout. This cool-down period should
include 5 minutes of cardio exercise like stationary biking or walking,
and should proceed at a reduced pace from your previous exercise activities.
At the end, you should focus on about 5 minutes of slow, focused stretching,
when your breathing goes back to where it was before your workout.
Tip 7 -
Get a Grip - When using weights, hold them
firmly yet comfortably, not tight, raising your blood pressure in
Tip 8 -
Un-Lock - Remember not to lock your knees
or your elbows while working out. Don't place undo stress on them.
Tip 9 -
Turtle Moves - Remember who won Aesop's
famous race and go slow and steady, especially with any equipment
and machines you are using. For example, avoid having machine weights
slam back into position at all times.
Tip 10 -
Focus -From Aesop to the old Kung-Fu movie,
here's a tip: focus on the muscle group you are working on during
your workout, Grasshopper. Look at a wall if necessary, to maintain
your concentration and proceed slow and steady.
Tip 11 -
Journal - Keep a diary, journal or some
type of record of your progress. Note which exercises you're using
for which muscle groups, the number of repetitions and intensity.
Track your diet here, too, if you'd like. Then set goals for yourself
and update them regularly.
Tip 12 -
Attention - Stand up straight! Chest out
and up. Shoulders back. Keep good posture.
Tip 13 -
Breath - At first it's difficult to monitor
everything. But once you learn your routines, remember to exhale when
lifting. Inhale when returning back to the beginning position.
Tip 14 -
R&R; - Don't forget that "All work and no
play" saying. Rest and relax. Work different muscle groups on alternate
Tip 15 -
NO Hiding! - Psst - Some of the most difficult-to-shed
fat is hiding under your belly button. Even though you may have strong
abs, no one will see them if the overlying tissue is fat. Ugh! Time
to hit the crunches and leg raises.
In conclusion, to get the toned body you desire, you need a regularly
scheduled combination program of aerobic exercises, strength training,
and good, healthy eating habits. A good place to begin is with your
healthcare provider for the latest information about a well-balanced
dietary and exercise plan to begin your strategic toning today.
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