When people think about workouts to lose weight, they often think about strenuous cardio sessions at the gym. Some of us are also guilty of having unrealistic expectations when we start working out thinking that a few workouts will not only make us one size smaller but also help tighten and tone our bodies. However, with the right strategy and set of workouts tightening and toning will be a dream come true.
There are several workouts that you can do to tighten and tone your body. These workouts focus on building your strength and stamina and helps to boost your metabolism leaving your muscles stronger and your body looking toned and fit.
We’ve put together 4 workouts to tighten and tone your body one day at a time. Grab your gym wear and get to these workouts today!
- Squats to Overhead Triceps Extension
This workout is a combination of several exercises to train your upper body while keeping the heart rate up to burn more calories. Stand with your feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart, hold a dumbbell in each hand and raise your arms up and over your head. Squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor and lower the dumbbells to the floor. Stand up, lift the dumbbells over your head, bend your elbows and lower the dumbbells to the back.
- Reverse Lunge to Medicine Ball Twist
Reverse lunges with medicine ball target the legs, glutes, shoulders, and core. Stand with feet hip-width apart holding the ball directly in front of your chest. Step one foot back with the other leg lowered to your body until your rear knee nearly touches the floor and your front thigh is parallel to the floor.
- Burpee to Push-up
Burpees and push-ups are individually an excellent full body workout. Combine these two and you get a hardcore workout! They are a perfect full body workout when you need to make your 30-minutes work onfat burns. Stand straight with your feet shoulder-width apart. Lower your body into a squatting position, placing your hands on the floor in front of you. Kick both feet back together and get in a push-up position. Make sure your hands are firm on the ground to support your body. Lower your chest and perform a push-up. Kick your feet back to the original position and squat, jump and throw your hands overhead. The faster you go, the more effective it will be.
- Forearm Plank Low Crawl
A slightly more advanced plank workout, this is an amazing core body workout that targets not only all your core muscles but strengthens and challenges your upper body as well. Begin by starting in a plank position. Place sliding discs under both feet and crawl forward. Make sure to keep your back flat, hips up and even with your body, head neutral, and focus on tightening your core and breathe as you crawl forward.
These 4 workouts are a complete package, unlike the isolated exercises which just target specific body parts. They focus on muscles which respond faster to strength training – your arms, shoulders, calves, and lower ab. These workouts work from your chest to your shoulders and triceps, to your biceps and legs providing you a complete-body workout toning and tightening your body as you go!