Tips On How To Lose Weight And Stay Toned

Keeping Toned And Healthy

The only single way to keep excess weight off and stay healthy and toned, is a healthy diet with exercise on a regular basis. Preferably five times a week 30-60 minutes each day. The abdomen can be one of the most difficult areas to keep toned and in tip-top shape. With the following exercise tips you will have the motivation you need to help you keep your tummy toned, as well as your entire body.

Don’t put it off any longer, get up today and start an exercise program. Don’t less self-doubt, lack of motivation, laziness, or procrastination rule your life. Take one day at a time and work toward your goal of working out at least five days a week. Building an exercise routine that works best for you, while it makes you look and most of all, feel great about yourself.

Grab your walking shoes and start walking today....
Grab your walking shoes and start walking today....

Super Toning Exercise Tips

  • First check with your doctor before starting any kind of exercise program. It is better to start an exercise program when you are injury free. You doctor can record your blood pressure, cholesterol levels and tell you if you are healthy enough to begin an exercise program. You then can set a goal to improve on your test results if they came up with not so good numbers. Once you have the thumbs up, start setting goals for yourself.
  • Increase your daily activities. To lose weight and keep it off, making a daily commitment to exercise will help you do that. Adding one small movement to an activity you already do, is just a bonus. Instead of just watching TV, walk on the treadmill or stationary bicycle while watching your favorite TV show. Do extra work around the house, take a short walk around your house or apartment complex. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further from the building you are entering. Adding time to each of your activities add up to a gradual, yet noticeable weight loss. The activities you add will also make you feel like you are accomplishing something. Giving you a self-confidence boost.
  • Try some resistance training. Adding muscle and losing fat will help tone your body. Try low impact resistance training to turn that fat into muscle. Resistance training works best if done at least three days per week. You can use light free weights that include dumbbells, or if you like the gym setting, use the gym and train on weight machines. Resistance bands are also an excellent and versatile choice, one that you can use anytime, at home or at the gym. Even on your lunch hour at work can give you a short but affective work-out.
  • Walking. Brisk walking is excellent for toning all parts of the body. Not to mention your heart. If you commit to walking on most days the low-intensity endurance training combined with resistance training will have your body toned, and if done regularly you will have noticeable results in no time. Walking is one of the easiest exercises to do. A good pair of walking shoes and clothing is all you need. And the rest is up to you. Outside or indoors, make it a fun and exciting choice.
  • Work that tummy. To tone your abdomen try abdominal crunches. Regular crunches if done properly will tone and tighten your tummy. Start out slow concentrating on your lower tummy. Start out with five, adding one per week. Begin lying on the floor with knee bent. Arms to your side, or preferably behind your head. Curl very slowly for a count of two. And a count of four going back down. Concentrate on your range of motion. Doing the crunches slowly will be what works your tummy and gets it into the shape you desire. For a more detailed crunch take a look at this video.

 

The proper way to do a crunch

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crazybeanrider 2 years ago from Washington MI Author

I used to take an hour walk very early in the morning. I am trying to vary my times as to enjoy seeing things and not just walking to walk. I live in an upstairs apt and miss working in a garden.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I enjoy brisk walking and daily for about twenty minutes I try to do more but with such hot days it is not always possible. Working in the garden also helps me physically.


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crazybeanrider 3 years ago from Washington MI Author

That is awesome. Yes diet does play a role in maintaining weight. Moderation is the key.


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bodylevive 3 years ago from Loachapoka, Alabama

Exercise just wasn't getting it alone. I had to change my diet also. I am a true lover of chocolate, I still eat it but in moderation. I stop frying foods and bake instead. I eat fruits and raw veggies. I was wearing a size 12 and now I'm in a size 8. I still walk but the changing of the diet dropped me from 175 to 130 in about 5 months.


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crazybeanrider 5 years ago from Washington MI Author

Your very welcome Eiddwen. I commend you on your journey to a smoke free life. You can remain healthy, just one small step each day will help you build your endurance up...I know you can succeed, i anticipate your outcome...Good luck always...


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi crazybeanrider,

Thank you for this hub that's so full of handy tips.

Just over a year ago I gave up smoking and I think that slowly the pounds have been building up.

I am not grossly overweight but could do with losing a little.

I am bookmarking this one plus useful/vote up.

I will let you know how i get on.

Thanks for sharing once more.

Take care

Eiddwen..


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crazybeanrider 5 years ago from Washington MI Author

Thank you cathylynn for your comment...I think changing your diet for the better is also a plus...


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cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

if a 150# person changes nothing except adding walking 1 mile per day every day, he/she will lose almost 1# per month.

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