We all know we need to be active and exercising about five times a week. It’s a bit tricky fitting all that in though. Being healthy simply isn’t an easy thing to achieve! You need strict diets and grueling workouts, right? It all depends on what you’re trying to achieve. If you’re looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle, then changing your daily habits for life could be the toughest challenge. But what about improving the appearance of your body? Can sculpting and toning be a healthy option too?
Yes. Any activity that moves your body is going to be beneficial. Even gentle stretching boosts the circulation, warms the muscles, and keeps your tendons, joints, and skeleton mobile. Think of it as the first step towards a healthy body. Of course, if your activity happens to tone the muscle at the same time, then that’s an added benefit! So what kind of workouts are best when you’re focusing on a more sculpted look?
Stretching is always the first thing to tackle. If you want to do anything with your muscles, you need to get the blood flowing to them, so they won’t overstretch as you work. It’s best to stretch everything if you can, but if you’re short on time, make sure you’re focusing on the muscle group you want to work.
Now your muscles are warm, you can start selecting the best exercises to tone them. If you don’t want to bulk up your muscles, stick with lighter weights. Using hand weights is a great way to give the arm, back and shoulder muscles a little extra work, without bulking up. Gentle reps and rotations can help you tone the forearms as well. Keep your posture strong and straight while you work, controlling your core and your breathing.
If you’re wondering how to get a bigger butt, then consider what positions your body is in when you’re using those upper legs. Squats, or standing and lowering to sit, are one of the best approaches. They’re not always popular though. Instead, get down on all fours on your workout mat. Be aware of your core and use it to help you retain your straight back and balance. Now straighten and lift one leg up and behind you. Don’t let your head hang or neck tense as you work. Try ten repetitions on each side.
Love those slender ankles and defined calves? Believe it or not, rollerblading or skating can be excellent for ankle strength and definition. If you’re not keen on donning your wheels, a simpler approach is to stand with feet together. Then raise up onto your toes and lower slowly. Focus on the sensation in your lower calves as you do this, and use your core for good balance.
Sculpting and toning the muscles that others see can help boost your confidence. Most importantly, it can help keep those muscles healthy. They will be strong enough and flexible enough to support your body through all the different activities you enjoy. And they look pretty good too!