By Chloe Loukes
I get asked this question all the time: “how do I tone up”. Everyone’s perception of what’s ‘toned’ or desirable is different. What does ‘tone-up’ even mean? Do you want to lose fat or do you want to see muscle definition? These are two completely different goals.
If you are relatively lean but want to see abs or show off trim arms, building muscle is the answer.
In order to build muscle, there are a few considerations:
Whether your main goal is to gain muscle or lose fat, you should be weight training.
Here are a few reasons why:
Cardio still has its place in an exercise regime as you should have variety in their program so that you enjoy it and can see yourself sticking to it. Mix in 1-3 cardio sessions per week and 2-3 weight sessions for variety in your training and benefits of both types.
3) Thinking results only happen in the gym
A gym is where you make changes in your body but the kitchen is where you reveal those changes for the world to see.
You may be doing all the right things in the gym- a mixture of strength training and cardio, but your physique just isn’t reflecting your effort. This is when you need to look at your diet and ask yourself if you are getting in adequate protein, fruit, veggies and whole grains. A great way to quickly evaluate this is asking yourself some questions like:
While you might be on the right track, making these small adjustments in your routine could produce the changes your looking for in your fitness and physique.