Hey Angels and Alphas,
We’ve all heard that you can tone your muscles if you do strength training, but what exactly does that mean? When most people talk about toning their muscles, they’re really just talking about making their muscles stronger and more defined with weightlifting.
So are they really talking about muscle toning? Or are they using the term tone incorrectly? If you want to know the truth about how your muscles respond to exercise, and how you can best get rid of flabby body parts, keep reading to learn why there’s no such thing as toning your muscles!
What is muscle toning?
There’s a lot of misinformation out there about muscle toning. So, what is muscle toning? Muscle toning is the process of building and strengthening muscles. It can be done through weightlifting, bodyweight exercises, and even cardiovascular exercise. Despite what some people may think, you cannot tone your muscles by doing a specific type of exercise or using a certain type of equipment. The only way to tone your muscles is to make them bigger and stronger. And the only way to do that is to put in the hard work.
How muscle tone really works
When people talk about toning their muscles, they’re usually referring to building muscle and reducing body fat. But there’s no such thing as toning your muscles. Muscle tone is simply the state of your muscles when they’re at rest. If you want to change your muscle tone, you need to either build muscle or lose fat.
How to build/improve muscle tone
To build or improve muscle tone, you need to focus on two things: strength training and cardiovascular exercise. Strength training will help you build lean muscle mass, while cardiovascular exercise will help you burn calories and fat. A combination of the two will give you the best results. For those with more time on their hands, a workout should last for at least 45 minutes, but it can be shorter if that’s all the time you have. Try to implement both strength training and cardio every day, but if you only have time for one type of exercise per day (i.e., either weightlifting or running), make sure it’s your cardio workout.
What does it mean when someone says they want to tone up?
When someone says they want to tone up, they usually mean that they want to improve the appearance of their muscles. This can be done by reducing body fat and increasing muscle size. However, there is no such thing as toning your muscles. You can either have large muscles or small muscles, but you can’t change the tone of your muscles.
For example, a person who does not exercise might have small, soft muscles with little definition. That person could exercise in order to build larger muscles with more definition. In both cases, the tone of the muscles is different because one has a lot more muscle tissue than the other; however, they are still considered toned.
The myth of toning your muscles:
Toning your muscles is a myth. You cannot tone your muscles. You can only build muscle or lose fat. When you hear someone say they want to tone their muscles, what they really mean is that they want to lose fat and/or build muscle. If they have lost weight and their clothes are fitting looser then congratulations!
They have toned their muscles because the weight loss from fat burning has made them smaller in size. If the person builds more muscle than before, then congratulations! They have toned their muscles by building more lean tissue with strength training.