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The first factor to consider is that wanting to 'tone-up' is not a goal. What people usually want when they say "tone-up" is to achieve that lean and defined body type that you regularly see on the cover of most magazines. This means that you really have two goals; to reduce body fat and build a little muscle mass.
Your main approach to this goal should be to make those fundamental lifestyle changes that will get you 90% of the way towards your target physique, and we'll talk you through those steps in a moment.
Once you're in this position you can look to make targeted tweaks to your lifestyle in order to build more muscle or lose more fat, but doing both at the same time can be tricky for a beginner. A common approach in the fitness industry is to pursue each goal separately through alternating phases of bulking (building muscle) and cutting (burning fat).
Once you've achieved your targets you can then go into maintenance mode and adapt your lifestyle to support your new found body!
How the body looks at different body fat compositions is unique to each individual, but as a guide, if getting lean is your goal, for women this will mean a range of 16-20% body fat and males should target 10-14%.
Your diet is the single most important factor in changing your body composition and should be your first priority when trying to tone-up the body.
If your current goal is to get that body fat percentage down then you need to be creating a calorie deficit. Alternatively, to build muscle you need to be training in the right way (see step 2) and eating a calorie surplus above your maintenance levels.
Checkout our article on calorie tracking and how to calculate your maintenance level of calories in our Guide to Fat Loss article.
As a general guide, stop eating processed food and drinking juices or soda, and focus on whole, natural foods and water. This should keep you more full and for less calories. Cutting out the liquid calories alone usually has a huge impact on intake.
If what you're looking to achieve is a defined, toned look, rather than big, bulky muscles you need to create a well balanced training regime designed for good health and overall fitness.
We would recommend combining both weight training and cardio exercises for maximum effect. Weight training will help shape your muscles and up your calorie expenditure (focus on big, multi-joint exercises), and cardio (particularly interval training, which involves repeated, short, intense bouts of exercise) will keep the body fat low.
When it comes to health and fitness there's no such thing as one perfect lifestyle suited to all people. What works for one person may not work for you. It's important to keep on learning, testing out approaches and seeing how your body responds.
Over time, you'll really start to understand your own body and can build a lifestyle that supports your goals.
Consistency is key and try not change too many things at any one time. This will help you identify what factors are affecting you, in what ways, and won't over stress your will power too much!
Progress tracking is one of the best ways to stay motivated and maintain focus on goals. Changes in body composition happen slowly and it can be difficult to see just how far you've come.
Luckily, we've built the ultimate fitness journal and body tracking service and it's completely free to use. The platform can be used to track progress pics, body measurements (such as biceps, body weight, body fat, chest size etc) and journal entries to build a timeline of your body and explore your health and fitness.
If toning-up is your goal, we'd recommend tracking body weight, body fat levels, and taking regular progress pics to start with.
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Gym day 3
132 heart Rate after 20 minutes on the treadmill
Gym Day 3: 20 minutes Treadmill, 2 miles
10 minutes Chest press. 3 sets of 15 reps at 50 pounds
10 minutes Free Weights. 3 sets of 10 reps at 25 pounds
15 minutes in the Sauna
Got the gym membership back today!
30 minutes of Cardio on the Treadmill 179 calories burned
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So I got injured and took six months off, sadly gained back the 45 I lost and then some. Most I have ever weighed. 🙁