So many of us want to take advantage of the new year and start on a weight loss regime but many people who are already living a healthy lifestyle can find that if they lose a lot of weight they are not able to get that toned physique that they see so much online.
Rather than spending hours in the gym, what can you do to get yourself that toned physique that will make everyone around you envious?
Start the Stomach Vacuum
The stomach vacuum is an isometric contraction that works your transverse abdominis. If you think that gastric balloon surgery is the only way to shrink your stomach, you can try this version for yourself.
The way you do it is by standing upright, placing your hands on your hips, and exhaling all the air out of your lungs. You then bring the stomach in as much as possible and hold, visualising bringing your navel to your backbone.
A lot of people have found that this is a great way to shrink inches off their waist. The key to this is performing it on a regular basis. The great thing about this exercise is that you can perform it in any position, whether you are standing, seated or otherwise. The next time you are at traffic lights, see how long you can do it until the lights change!
Don’t Stop Eating!
One of the biggest mistakes people make when they are trying to tone their body is thinking that they just need to stop eating.
While there are lots of people that will tell you that you need to eat 6 meals a day, the fact is that you need to eat in order to fuel your metabolism but make sure you have high-quality foods.
Rather than having starches such as potatoes and pasta, swap to whole grains and healthy fats, such as avocados and nuts, as these will help you to build the muscle you need while making sure that you are speeding up your metabolism so you can lose those pesky few pounds.
Choosing Compound Exercises
Compound exercises are a fantastic way to get that all-important after-burn post-exercise. Picking exercises that target different muscle groups, for example, a squat will mean you are using more muscles at once which will stimulate more calories to be burnt throughout the day.
Learn To Relax
You have to remember that if you are stressed about losing weight or toning up and it takes over your life, elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol will cause problems in the long run. In fact, learning how to relax is an amazing way to make sure that you are not overeating or stress eating, but it will also make you think about the important things in life.
If you want to make your life simpler and improve your physique you have to remember that toning is not just about exercise but it’s about the food you put into your body. We can focus on exercise as being key to toning up, but diet is 80% of the equation.