Working out will make us feel better and healthier, but more often than not the overriding factor that pushes us along is the knowledge that we look good. We spend hours in the gym for results that boost our self-esteem and, in some cases, give us an ego to match – well, we did earn it! Muscle definition and toning is top of the list for a lot of people, however, hitting the weights isn’t always for everyone. The good news is that there are alternatives which can help build muscle and tone you up, without having to give in to the dumbbells!
If you want a seriously toned and defined body, pilates and yoga might be just what you need. The gentle movements mean that these exercises aren’t usually the first point of call for muscle builders, however, they place a lot of focus and energy on building up core strength using the body’s own weight. Holding some of the positions during these exercises require the same level of concentration and strength that is needed when performing any traditional muscle building workout. They also improve flexibility, so dedicate some time to yoga and pilates and not only will you see definition you’ll also be super bendy!
Exercises which incorporate your body weight are extremely beneficial. It’s a natural way to create resistance for your body to work against and it’s ideal if you find you don’t have time to hit the gym. Create a routine that incorporates press ups, squats, planks and lunges to give yourself that push. And for best results you don’t even have to spend two hours a day with this exercise. Research has show that shorter workout sessions can be more beneficial. It’s quicker to recover from them and the risk of an injury is reduced.
Everyone is different and will have different preferences to how they want to keep fit. Whatever exercise you choose to do, you’ve chosen the right one as long as you feel happy with your workout. All exercise offers the body a way to stay healthy and active, and of course, keeping you looking good is a huge advantage!