I LIFT WEIGHTS BUT I AM STILL NOT TONED

What does it mean to be toned? How do you get toned? If your goal is to see your muscles, then your goal really is not toning, it is losing body fat. There is a common myth out there that all you have to do to tone up is to work certain muscles. What this myth does not take into consideration is that no matter how strong a muscle gets, if there is a layer of fat overlying it, you still will not be able to see the muscle. You will get stronger but not necessarily “toned”.We have all heard the simplistic advice on how to lose weight…eat less and exercise more. While this is accurate, it is a little more complex than that. Eating right is a large topic in itself so I will save that for another time. Let’s focus on the exercise portion. Strength training and cardiovascular exercises are the two main ways to “get in shape.” Strength training helps to increase lean body mass (muscle), develop coordination and balance, and prevent injuries. Cardiovascular exercise focuses on increasing the body’s stamina and overall health. Both types of exercises play a role in improving the overall health and appearance of the body. You should aim to get at least 30 minutes of some type of exercise everyday. Balancing your routine and finding a routine you will adhere to are the keys to long-term benefits from exercise.

For more information on cardiovascular versus strength training, go to: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/cardio-vs-strength-training-workouts