Looking long and lean

Tips for toning your whole body to look great in a slim, sexy wedding dress
Jul 17, 2014 | Emily Sparrow

My dress is tight and slinky. How do I tone up my whole body so it looks great on me?

When it comes to whole body training, there’s no such thing as a quick fix or a one-exercise solution. You need to look at the whole picture and consider cardio, weight/resistance training and nutrition. You need to focus on all three components to see real results.

Resistance/weight training is the only way you to build lean muscle mass, which is what drives body fat loss and increases your metabolism. The more lean muscle mass you have, the higher your metabolism will be. Cardio not only helps improve your cardiovascular endurance but also helps increase your caloric burn for the day.

Last but not least, there’s nutrition. What you choose to eat will make or break the results you’ll see from your cardio and weight training efforts.  A balanced diet will ensure you have enough energy to keep up with your workouts and help you either lose or maintain your weight (depending on what your goals are). Some guidelines to follow are to aim for cardio three times a week for 45 minutes and weight/resistance training three times a week. Your resistance workout should be a combination of a variety of exercises and include ways to challenge all the muscle groups in your body. Consult with a personal trainer to find the right exercises for you and your goals.  

Emily Sparrow

Emily Sparrow is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor in the greater Toronto area.  Emily has worked with clients of all fitness levels and has been a contributing fitness expert in many publications such as the Globe & Mail, Today’s Parent, Frugal Bride and 20_something.ca.  Emily is the Owner of SkyHigh Fitness, and in-home and condo personal training company exclusively for women.  To learn more about Emily visit her website at http://www.skyhighfitness.com/

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