How to Flatten Your Belly in 10 Days
How to Get Toned in One Month (Girls)
Do you have a big family reunion coming up in the next few weeks? Do you want to tone up your body right before summer? Do you just want to tone up your body quickly? You'll need to balance full body exercises with a healthy diet if you want to get your body looking and feeling as good as possible. By doing efficient exercises and controlling your diet, you can expect to lose between one and two pounds a week. Done correctly, you may be able to get toned in a month, but keep in mind that for most people, it is more realistic to start to see results in six to eight weeks.
Building Your Muscles
Be active every day to prime your body for toning.You'll need to get in basic shape before you can start really toning your muscles. If you move directly into intense exercise, you're much more likely to get overwhelmed and quit or even injure yourself. Start building your endurance by getting off the couch and being active in your everyday life.
- Take the stairs when you have the choice. Stand instead of sit while you use the computer or study. Walk to places that are a mile or less from your location, instead of taking the car. Go for a relaxing walk or jog instead of watching TV. There are lots of ways to get active in your everyday life without even exercising.
Start with basic exercises to build your endurance.Begin toning your muscles by doing some basic exercises. These will increase your endurance and help get you in better shape, so that you can move on to really sculpting your body with more targeted exercise.
- Try jogging, riding a bike, or going swimming. Most of these cost very little or are free and you can do them on your own, without expensive gym memberships or equipment.
- These basic exercises should take up about three hours of your day, everyday, for the first week or two.
Do "monkey arms"."Monkey arms" is a great exercise for your arms and upper body. Do this exercise by putting a weight in each of your hands. Start by holding the weight at your armpit with your elbows out. Then, swing your arms out to straighten them, keeping them up and level with your shoulders. Swing the weight back to your armpits and repeat.
- If you don't own weights, you can cheat and use cans of food or other lightly heavy objects.
- Pair this with a squat or lunge to make it a full body workout.
Do a pike roll-out.After the first week or so of exercising frequently, you can start doing exercises which are a bit more strenuous. This exercise requires an exercise ball but it is a good full body workout. Start in a push-up position but instead of having your feet on the ground, let your shins rest on top of the ball instead. Pull your hips up, so that your butt goes up into the air, rolling the ball down your leg as you go until your toes are resting on the ball. Then, roll back down so that the ball moves slowly up your body to reach your hips. Your body should be kept in a straight line, legs up in the air, so that your create an upside-down "V" shape in profile.
- Exercise balls are pretty cheap but you can cheat a bit and just buy a big rubber ball from a toy store, which are often sold for or less.
Do burpees.Burpees look complex but they're actually easy once you get used to the motions and they're one of the best full body workouts that you can do. Start in a standing position, feet apart. Put your hands down on the ground in front of your feet, jump your legs back so that you go into a push-up position, and do a push-up. Now, jump your feet back, then lift your hands above your head and jump straight up as high as you can. Repeat for at least 10 minutes.
- You can skip either the push-up or the jump, but both really add to the effectiveness of the exercise, so it is not recommended.
Do planks.Planks are one of the more efficient exercises you can do, significantly increasing the strength of your core muscles and legs in much less time than other core exercises.Start by getting into a push-up position. Now, lower your body so that instead of resting your weight on your hands, your whole forearm is resting on the ground instead. Just hold that position, with your back and legs as straight as possible, for as long as you can.
- You should try to hold this position for as long as you can, but you should know that holding it for a minute or more takes very strong core muscles. Start out holding the position for 10 seconds, resting for 30 seconds, and then repeating for about 10 minutes. Slowly work your way up to holding the position for 30 seconds to a minute.
Do squats.Squats work your core muscles and your legs, and can even work your arms if you lift small weights while you do them. A squat is done by standing with your feet about a shoulder's width apart and then crouching down, as if you're sitting in an invisible chair. Keep your back straight in order to do this exercise correctly.
- If you're new to squats, using a chair or table to balance can make it much easier.
Expect that you can’t spot reduce.There’s no such thing as an exercise which targets fat in a particular part of your body. There are exercises that can target specific muscles, but if you want to get toned quickly, it’s best to focus on your whole body using the full body exercises that we’ve recommended above. Focusing too much on one area and using some exercises (like lifting weights) puts you at risk of adding a lot of bulk, instead of just defining the muscles that you have.
Maintaining a Healthy Diet
Fit your portions to your activity level.If you’re trying to get toned, you’ll want to start by burning any excess fat that you might have in a healthy way. Regardless of the weight you’re at, eating the right amount of food for the amount of activity you get is a healthy choice. Talk to your doctor about the recommended calorie intake for your size, age, and activity level. You don’t have to count calories but you should use your recommended daily intake to get an idea of roughly how much food you should eat. You might be eating too much but you also don’t want to end up eating too little.
- For most people, our bodies will start burning fat when we burn more calories (a form of energy) than we take in. If you have fat that you need to burn before you can look toned, you’ll need to make sure you’re taking in slightly fewer calories than your body really needs. Don’t make the change too dramatic, however. Too few calories and your body will think that there’s a famine going on, causing it to absorb and create as much fat as it possibly can.
- For example, an average height 16 year old girl who weighs 120 lbs and exercises about once a week would need around 1800 calories a day to maintain the weight that she’s at. If she wanted to lose weight, she might want to lower that amount to 1300-1350.
Avoid unhelpful foods.To burn fat but also to take care of your overall health, you should avoid foods that are bad for you or that add a large number of calories without adding any nutrition. These tend to be some of our favorite foods, but they are often what pushes us over the edge into overeating.
- Generally, you want to avoid unhealthy fats (trans fats), sugar, and carbohydrates with very few nutrients. These include items like butter, chips, french fries, commercial baked goods, candy, commercial pizza, mayonnaise, soda, processed meat, and white bread.
- You’ll also want to watch out for some “health” foods. Smoothies, for example, often contain a huge amount of sugar. For example, even Jamba Juice’s healthy options still contain the equivalent of 24 sugar cubes.If you want to have a smoothie, make sure no sugar is added and that it contains mostly greens and soy or almond milk. The fruit content should be minimal.
Focus on nutrient rich foods.Instead of these unhealthy foods, make sure you eat as many nutrient rich foods as you can. Vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can give you all of the nutrients you need, although some fruit and dairy can be good too.
- Healthy vegetables include: kale, chard, collard greens, broccoli, spinach, edamame, carrots, brussels sprouts, and peas.
- Healthy grains include: brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal, bulgur, buckwheat, and barley.
- Healthy proteins include: lean proteins such as salmon, turkey, anchovies, sardines, soy nuts (and other soy products), almonds, walnuts, eggs, and lentils.
- Healthy fruits include: lemons/limes, oranges, grapefruit, kiwi, strawberries, raspberries, and pears.
- Healthy dairy products include: cottage cheese, low-fat yogurt, and milk..
Drink plenty of water and avoid unhealthy fluids.You body always needs water to perform properly but water will be especially important while you work on exercising to build your muscles. If you're not hydrating your body very well right now, getting enough water can actually help you lose weight too.Pass on the coffee, energy drinks, sodas and juice, in favor of water and you'll help ensure that your body can stay healthy and hydrated.
- How much water you need depends on your own unique body. The recommended eight glasses a day is just a rough estimate. A good rule of thumb is that if your urine is coming out pale or clear, you're getting enough water. If it's bright yellow or dark, you need to drink more water.
- You'll want to maintain your electrolytes while you exercise but don't feel limited to sports drinks like Gatorade. Electrolytes are essentially any "salt" in the presence of water. For example, mostly anything with ingredients in the first or second group of the periodic table (like Sodium, Potassium, and Magnesium) will act as an electrolyte when consumed with water. Such salts can be found in table salt (sodium chloride), bananas (potassium), and mineral rich vegetables like kale. Eating a banana and munching on some salted nuts while staying hydrated is a much healthier way to maintain a crucial electrolyte balance without consuming artificial dyes and sweeteners.
Try not to rely on fad diets.You'll see loads of advertisements on the internet and in magazines, telling you that this diet or that diet will get you looking like X celebrity in two weeks. However, these diets are at best unrealistic and at worst, dangerous. Starving yourself is definitely not an option. Eat fewer calories than normal, yes, but you do need to eat. You also shouldn't use any diet which forbids a food group, like the Atkins diet. Your body needs a wide range of nutrients and dietary diversity is key to making sure that you stay healthy.
- It is recommended that you eat at least 1,200 calories a day. You should never go below 1000 calories a day, as this significantly increases your chances of health complications like gallstones.
Making a Routine
Schedule your workouts to build up over time.You have to be careful how you schedule workouts and really pay attention to the strain that you put on your body. Doing too much too fast or only doing exercises which build your legs, for example, can lead to injury. Start slow when you begin toning to reduce the risk of injury, especially if you're not currently in shape. Rest your body between exercises, never doing intense exercise for more than two hours at a time. Rotate which muscle groups you work on, between legs, arms, core, etc. Pacing yourself like this will also keep you from getting overwhelmed.
- For example, try monkey arms for ten minutes in the morning followed by twenty minutes of push-ups, jumping jacks, and burpees. Try going up and down the stairs for half an hour at lunch, and then swimming after school for an hour.
- Another example of a schedule would be riding your bike for half an hour to get to school, taking an extracurricular gym class that meets every day, and doing half an hour of light cardio before doing your homework.
- Aim to do between thirty and sixty minutes of light cardio, such as walking or cycling, a day. You can do more intense exercise regimens a few times a week.
Set aside time devoted to exercise and eating right.You can overcome a lot of the "I don't feel like it today" hurdles by making yourself a schedule and letting that schedule become habit. Just like you have a time of day devoted to brushing your teeth or eating lunch, having a time of day that'sformaking a healthy breakfast or a time of day that'sforexercising. With some determination, if you stick to it then it will just become habit and "normal" to do these things.
- For example, add an extra half hour onto your "getting ready for bed" routine. Before getting in the shower and brushing your teeth, do an exercise like jumping rope for half an hour.
- Give yourself incentive to meet these time goals. For example, for every week that you stay on track, take yourself and a friend out to a movie. You can even use food rewards, like a single cookie (try a fancy cookie from the store to ensure you only eat one), to both reward you and help keep you from feeling deprived. There are even apps you can use to help you meet these time goals, like Pact which rewards you or punishes you based on how well you do.
Make exercising part of your lifestyle.Another option is to choose an exercise that can be fun and a hobby for you, something that you do every day because it is a part of how you live your life. You'll see this often with rock climbers, who have a gym date at least once a week and go out to the mountains every weekend, or runners, who start each day off with a jog.
- For example, let's say you're really interested in martial arts. You can take up judo. Find a class at your local YMCA and go for practice every day.
- Classes from your local community center or YMCA (or similar charity health club) will be much cheaper than going to a specialty gym. They often even have scholarships, meaning that you can take the class for free if you qualify.
Stay motivated.The most important part of maintaining a healthy weight and getting toned, is to be consistent with a healthy diet and lots of exercise. This means that one of the best things you can do to get toned isn't a special move or eating a secret food: it's finding a way to stay motivated. You'll have to find something that makes you want to exercise and eat right every day. There are lots of ways that you can go about that. Try:
- Doing exercises you like and eating foods you like. Doing exercises that are fun for you or finding healthy food combinations that you think are tasty can make a huge difference in keeping you motivated. Try to find an exercise that you enjoy doing, even if it isn't the most effective exercise. That you'll do it for a long time and consistently is more important.
- Exercising with other people. Start a jogging ground or even sign up for a yoga class at the local health club with your mom. Having another person to exercise with you will make you feel responsible and you'll be more likely to stick with it on those days when you're really tired or lazy.
Focus on long-term solutions.It's beach season and you want to look good in a bikini. We know. But it's important to understand that quick solutions like getting fit in a month do not last. Unless you make significant changes to how you live, the weight will come back and you'll lose muscle tone all over again. Going back and forth, yo-yoing your weight like this, can be very harsh on your body and dangerous for your health, inducing diabetes, heart disease, and hormone problems.It's best to focus on long term solutions and make lifelong goals, not just focus on looking good for your brother's wedding.
QuestionHow do you tone your body?
Personal TrainerPersonal TrainerExpert AnswerToning means losing excess fat through dietary control, and exercising all the body parts evenly, on a regular schedule of 5-6 days a week for 20-60 minutes per session.Thanks!
QuestionWhat are the best exercises for toning?
Personal TrainerPersonal TrainerExpert AnswerAny exercise which repeats a body movement will tone the muscles. The more repetitions, the more toning will occur.Thanks!
QuestionWhat foods to eat to tone up?
Personal TrainerPersonal TrainerExpert AnswerTo build muscle, your body requires a diet of 20% or more calories from protein.Thanks!
QuestionWhat does it mean to tone up your body?
Personal TrainerPersonal TrainerExpert AnswerToning up generally means losing fat and defining muscle through moderate intensity exercise, building endurance, mild increases in strength and no increase in muscle size or bulk.Thanks!
QuestionI exercise regularly and do ab workouts at least once a week, but I don't look toned at all. Why not?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTraining= 20% Nutrition=80%. It's all about what you put in your body. If you are training with poor nutrition, your body won't maximize the work you're putting into it. Check in with a nutritionist and get them to do your macro work up and figure out what works best for you and your body to help reach your goals.Thanks!
QuestionWhy isn't this method working for me?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWhen people exercise, they often go through a plateau. This is the time in which no changes occur. Keep exercising and eating healthy. You may need to increase the intensity or the amount of time you exercise, but keep in mind that everyone goes through a plateau and that it is completely normal.Thanks!
QuestionI am 195 pounds, how long will it take to lose weight?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFirst off, embrace your body, you are beautiful. Second, don't rush! You'll do your body more harm than good. Start working out for an hour a day 3-4 days per week. Find something you like doing, go on a hike, bike ride, go swimming, do yoga, weight-training, whatever works for you. Once you've lost some weight, you'll be able to do core exercises to really tone your body. Be patient, you'll get there!Thanks!
QuestionHow do I get toned while maintaining my current weight?Community AnswerYou can do simple strength exercises, like 10 push-ups, 20 dumbbell lifts, or 5 chin-ups every day. You'll be toning up while maintaining your weight.Thanks!
QuestionWhat should I do if a parent keeps using the excuse that "If you like it, keep eating it", which stops me from cutting sugary snacks completely?Top AnswererFind healthier foods that you like and don't incorporate the sugary snacks anymore. Replace cookies and candy with almonds and peanuts. Instead of having pop tarts for breakfast, try a peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole grain bread. Instead of chocolate candy, have a few bites of dark chocolate that are 70% or more cocoa. Replace soda with green tea (you can put a little bit of pure honey in it or cinnamon to get more flavor).Thanks!
QuestionI'm already slim, with a naturally athletic build. However, I have bloating issues. What should I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFor girls, bloating is completely normal. Bloating occurs about two weeks before the menstrual cycle begins. If you're desperate to get rid of the bloating problem, kiwi, peppermint, tea, bananas, honeydew melons, ginger, and cilantro will help.Thanks!
Does running help tone your body?
- Running with your dog is a fun and helpful way to get fit. Not only for you, but also for your dog.
- If you don't see results after a month, keep going. A month will help you get started, but most people will see results after two months.
- Eat protein, but don't overdo it. Good sources are fish, eggs, nuts, and poultry.
- Drink plenty of water. Water helps minimize muscle stiffness and makes them rebuild faster.
- Don't base the success of your plan on weight loss, muscle weighs more than fat.
- Don't do the exact same thing everyday. Mix it up a bit to prevent boredom.
- Avoid eating until after working out; eating beforehand can cause severe cramps and stomach pains.
- Maintain a balanced diet.
- Wear comfortable clothes.
- If you are running, do not start running fast. You tend to get tired faster. Go in your speed.
- Stick to your original plan, it's the only way to reach your goal.
- Adjust your workouts if they are too easy or too difficult. If they are too difficult you risk an injury and hating exercise, too easy and you won't see results.
- Work out with friends. It breaks up the monotony of the same schedule.
- If you want, you can switch from a few running days to cross train on bicycles or swimming.
- Exercise works best when you pair it with a healthy, balanced diet.
- Properly warm up and cool down.
- Be smart. You need to ease yourself into your fitness routine.
- Seek medical help if you feel dizzy, shortness of breath or extreme fatigue.
- Don't over work yourself.
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