Sunday, December 18, 2016
Tone Your Body! By Reema Sarin, Founder BOLLYFIT
Tone Your Body! By Reema Sarin, Founder BOLLYFIT http://www.bollyfitreema.com/blog/tone-your-body Nothing like a toned fit body which means, more muscle mass and less fat! Less fat gets your muscles noticed, no matter what activity you do. Here are some great ‘toning’ workouts for every part of your body. Swim for a Strong Upper Body Swimming laps is good for everything above your waist. Pulling against the water provides resistance for your arms. Doing freestyle, back stroke, or butterfly uses the deltoid in your shoulders and pectoral muscles in your chest. Train on the Elliptical Trainer By fusing the motions of stair climbing and cross-country skiing, the elliptical trainer gives your thigh and gluteus (butt) muscles a good workout. Hold on to the push-pull resistance handles and you'll also strengthen your upper body, including your back and arms. The gliding motion is much easier on your joints than running even while it burns fat. Walk for Your Joints Walking gives you a great low impact workout. It gives you many of the same benefits, including building strength in the leg muscles and stronger bones. At the same time, it puts less stress on your joints. If your ultimate goal is to run a mile, or a marathon, walking is a good start. Pedal for Fit Legs Biking is great for your leg muscles: quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves. It is a great aerobic activity. Stationary bikes provide a fantastic toning workout as you can vary the intensity by adjusting the resistance. Run for Your Whole Body Like biking, running and jogging are good for your calves and thighs and gives you a great overall high impact workout. Because they're weight-bearing exercises, they strengthen bones to help protect against osteoporosis. It is also good to switch between walking and jogging, too. That's easier on your joints, and varying your pace (interval training) is a good challenge. Pilates and Yoga for Core Strength These popular total-body workouts help you strengthen your ‘core’, the area through your back and abdomen. .These muscles are needed for many activities. Some yoga poses can also benefit your calves and other leg muscles Tone Up Your Arms with Tennis Being a racket and ball game, the tennis game uses the arm muscles intensely, hence toning them with all the different strokes as you play. Slamming or lobbing a ball over a net works your arms. Your forehand swing is also good for your chest, and your backhand for your shoulders. Tennis has another advantage, it has fast foot work too, so it is an aerobic activity, which means you can burn lots of calories along with fat. Dance for Core, Hips, and Legs Most types of dancing strengthen your core and hips. From Bollywood, to Salsa, to Ballet to Belly Dancing, Modern Jazz to Disco, indulge in any type of dance you enjoy as it provides you both, cardio (calories and fat burn) plus toning exercises. Team Sports for Legs Soccer keeps you moving fast and is great for your gluteus muscles and the legs. The ‘sprinting and the ‘kicking’ gives you a great cardio and toning workout. Basketball also builds your strength and speed, plus your shoulders benefit when you shoot hoops. Bowling for Arms Bowling can make you stronger. Many bowlers see their forearm muscles develop; bowling balls weigh up to 16 pounds. It can also work your shoulder and leg muscles. You should also do a total-body workout so you cover the side of your body you don't bowl with, too.