BODY TONING EXERCISES: TO KEEP THOSE MUSCLES FIRM AND FIT Body toning exercises have gained a preference among the people today over muscle building routines. The reason for the same though is not as straightforward as the statement itself; but the most common reason is being the inability to sustain a gruelling regimen for long periods of time, which is a pre-requisite when taking up an anabolic (muscle building) regimen. It is for the same reason that cardiovascular exercises, or “cardio” workouts as they are popularly known, and body toning workouts, are clubbed together as they all have a common goal in keeping the overall functioning of the body’s physiological processes ticking perfectly like a clock without adding much to the bulk of the muscle as such, and also that they save the time and often gruelling effort that go into anabolic regimens. As mentioned earlier, these exercises aim not at adding to, but at maintaining efficiently the present muscle bulk of the person by making full utilization of the major muscle groups by training them against resistance, but well within their physiological limits. Therefore the one differentiating feature of these exercises as opposed to the anabolic regimens is the fact that there is no pushing the body to the limits, just working the body within its limits. Commonly Body toning exercises are done on major muscle groups three days a week, and again every alternate day. Each set of the fat burn workout regimens concentrate on major sets of muscles in the body, thought an exception can be made in the case of the abs can be worked every day as they are a comparatively large group of muscles. This rest and alternation is done so that there is a time interval in which the muscle is allowed to fully rest and grow stronger by regenerating and creating an increased capillary network for efficient blood circulation in the muscle, and also so that all of the muscles are worked in the body. Upper body workouts are commonly the first set of body toning workouts in the weekly calendar: bench presses, chest contractions, biceps and triceps lifts, and the good old push-ups and the harder pull- ups. These sets of exercises are mainly aimed at working the major muscles of the upper body i.e. the biceps, triceps, and the flexor and extensor muscles of the forehand, along with the big chest muscles i.e. the pectorals and the latismuss. These fat burning workout regimens can be clubbed with the regular aerobic workouts that people do every day, and since it involves one muscle group, generally the strain on the person won’t be much. Also, one need to remember that these are routines which demand a great degree of flexibility of the body and hence, a proper warm up and cool down are necessary. Otherwise the person may end up in having a stiff body for days on end, preventing the other exercises of the other systems. Therefore, before any of these can be started off with, it is necessary that one gets a proper cardio workout so that the body is primed to handle the toning workouts.
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