Ohh.. so you want to be toned...

I see so many people want to get toned but all they ever do for exercise is cardio.

Good news and bad news:

Good news- You have taken steps to workout which is awesome! Great job!

Bad news- Running will not get you toned.

When people think "toned" they think more along the lines of decently fit fitness professionals. Here's the thing, most of those fitness professionals do not focus on cardio. They focus on building muscle.

I can hear you now, "But I don't want to get bulky...."

Well, you're not going to get bulky. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn throughout the day just doing everyday things. Ever heard the term "skinny fat"? That is what will happen with too much cardio. Is cardio bad? No, but make sure you are focusing on building muscle as well.

So... how...

Well first, I highly recommend to stop dieting for a little while. Stop putting so much effort into losing weight and for a couple of months, focus on getting strong. Start by building the muscle and eating plenty of really good food (healthy food, not McDonalds). Once you are feeling good and strong and you have spent a little time at a higher calorie range, ONLY then should you try to cut calories. Yes, continue lifting as you previously were. No you do not need to add in 8 hours of cardio a day. Although, you may need to be aware of steps at this time since you will, quite literally, not have as much energy.


Less food=less energy

So just be aware of how much you are moving and make sure it doesn't drastically decline.

Moral of the story, you need to build muscle (not just be in a cut) in order to get toned.

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