Sometimes it can be the easier task that we are given, that is the more difficult to do. We see this phenomenon when trying to tone up as opposed to attempting to lose a lot of weight. Maybe it has something to do with having to have more commitment to a bigger, task. So when you do get going, you have enough moment to keep going? But whatever the reason, it’s true that some people can really struggle to get tuned up for the summer months. But it really doesn’t have to be that way. Read on to find out more.
Working with weights
One of the first thing that jumps to mind when we need to tone up is to start working with the weights. Weight like dumbbells and kettlebells are a cheap and effective way of toning up our muscles, and they are often available in gyms for this purpose. Which makes it pretty easy to get in shape.
Of course, it not just about the equipment that you use but also the technique. For example, kettlebell workouts include swinging the weights to make them more effective and help you to strengthen and tone all of your muscles and ligaments.
Another, fairly modern development in the area of toning up is the vibration plate. Popularized by many celebrities including Madonna and Victoria Beckham, this is a raised platform that you stand on while working out.
The platform vibrates, making any exercise you do on the plate much harder and so more effective to the muscle group that you’re working. There is alls sort of vibration machine workouts that you can do including squats, step ups, and kick backs, and you can even get a machine for your very own home, which make this sort of exercise very easy to do daily.
Of course, we cannot discount the power and effectiveness of simple stretching when attempting to tone up our muscles.
You can follow along with an ordered routine on Youtube, or from a fitness DVD. Or take a class that is based around stretching and holding poses such as Yoga or Pilates.
Although it is good to remember that, even though they are similar they are not the same. Yoga is an ancient practice designed to make the body flexible and quieten the mind to allow a long period of meditation.
Whereas Pilates is a modern activity design to strengthen the core and other muscle groups through body weight and resistance exercises.
Talking of body weight exercise, this can also be seen as a separate category. This is because many people partake body weight exercise but in the form of pilates.
The basics of this activity are that you use your body’s own weight and resistance against itself. Thus strengthening and toning your muscles.
It is particularly popular because you don’t have to invest in a lot of fancy equipment to do it, and it can be pretty much done anywhere from your home to a hotel room, a beach or even at the office.