Friday, January 3, 2014

The Definitive 5-Part Body Toning Checklist

Getting toned can mean different things to different people.  Some presume that toning involves very heavy strength conditioning, whereas others believe that toning requires long bouts of endurance.  Below are the 5 things you absolutely must know to get toned and stay toned!

First, it's important to know that any unnecessary bodyfat should be burned off so that your muscles are better seen.  Even very thin people often have several pounds of fat that isn't necessary for their health, and that surrounds the muscles.

Secondly, it's unsafe to exercise only the muscles that you want people to see.  Your joints, bones, and gait rely upon total muscular balance to avoid injury and promote proper biomechanics throughout your days.  Aside from biceps, shoulders, calves and other "show muscles", be sure to properly condition the lesser-known and lesser-considered muscle groups as well.

And, while circuit training isn't the only way to get your body toned and defined, it is one of the quickest, and it generally comes with vast health benefits as well.  Minimal rest periods and smooth transitions from exercise to exercise, when monitored correctly, are just what the body needs to firm and define muscles while shedding pockets of fat that hide those muscles. Heart-rate, hydration, muscle responses, and other factors should be evaluated throughout each session.

A fourth item to keep in mind is that protein and dietary fat intake are also very important to the conditioning of your physique.  Without the right macronutrients at the right times, your muscles and metabolism don't open the doors to improvement that they could.  Speak with a PPT professional to determine what's best for you.

Finally, as is the case with any resistive conditioning, getting the appropriate intensity is crucial!  Too much can lead to joint injury, heart abnormalities, cramping, muscle tears, and other health issues.  Too little intensity won't produce results. For generally healthy individuals, 65-80% of a muscle's capacity is generally a safe and adequate exercise intensity for the muscles themselves.  Heart rate, breathing rate, and approximate exercise blood pressure should also be considered for ideal health.

Are you ready to make 2014 your year for fitness and body toning?  Just visit to view our rates and request your free in-home or on-site consultation and fitness evaluation with a degreed and top-certified PPT health & fitness coach!

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