cDo you want to be like everybody else and lose weight? Or do you want to do the smart thing and tighten up? If you know anything about health and fitness, you’ll know that it isn’t weight that matters that much. It’s the composition of your body! That means the amount of fat and muscle you have. Less fat and more muscle means a tighter body. It’s that simple! So, with that in mind, here are some must know tips to help you tighten up:

Strength Training is Essential

Strength training is very important for changing your body composition. Don’t be mistaken by thinking that it’ll make you ‘big’ if you’re a woman. We simply don’t have enough testosterone! By strength training, you’ll build definition and tone in all of the right places. In fact, I dare you to try to get bigger! It just won’t work. Getting bigger takes a very long time for women, with lots of deliberate training and eating. If you do it right, it’ll make your body more feminine and beautiful than ever. You can start with bodyweight exercises then move on to weight as you feel more comfortable.

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Cardio Still Plays a Part

Cardio still plays a part in tightening up your body, but it isn’t as important as you initially thought. If you’re consistent, doing 20-30 minutes 4 times a week could work. However, it does depend on your body type and how fast your metabolism is. Some people don’t need to do cardio to change their body, but do it for health. Others need to do it every day. That being said, you should never do more than 45 minutes. Your body will begin to eat away at your muscle, and that is not a good thing!

Your Diet is 80% of the Battle

While exercise is important, your diet is 80% of the battle. This means only allowing treats every so often, and tracking everything else that you’re putting into your body. UHN can give you an idea of supplements and things that may help you to reach your goals. It’s not about starving yourself at all. It’s about eating real food to fill you up and nourish!

Mindset is 100%

Although your diet is 80% of the battle and food 20%, your mindset is 100%. If your heart isn’t in it, and you’re not giving 100% with everything you do you won’t get anywhere. You need to want this for all of the right reasons. Because you love your body and want to treat it with the respect it deserves! Making a vision board could help to keep you focused.

So, are you ready to change the shape of your body? Tightening up can change the shape of your body. It can take a podgy tummy to tight and toned. It can slim your waist, and give you definition where there wasn’t any before. Enjoy the journey and continuously learn. You can’t go far wrong this way. Thanks for reading!