Toning your body means to tighten up muscles, give them shape, and reduce body fat if necessary. Knowing how to tone your body at home without equipment can make you look better, feel better, and have more confidence.
Believe it not, with or without equipment, getting a toned body starts with your diet. In fact, what you eat is just as important as exercise. A well toned body means defined muscles without too much fat, and the wrong diet plan can easily wreck all your efforts.
Further down this page we will talk about some simple exercises to do at home without equipment. But the first two topics are what a toned body really means, and essential diet tips to get you there.
What is a Toned Body?
Most people would like a perfectly toned body. Most of us would love to know we look fantastic. What a lot of people do not realize is that having that toned body and wearing small size clothes or being bulked up with muscle are two different things.
A toned body basically infers a body with a low level of body fat and noticeable muscle definition. However, it’s important to note that big muscles aren’t necessarily a sign of tone.
Neither is losing weight a requirement because weight loss alone doesn’t lead to a toned body. Many, or most, people who lose weight, are only lighter on the scales. More often than not, they still have high levels of body fat and are flabby.
When you lose excess fat and either gain or define muscles your body will be more firm and toned.
So, you need to assess your body weight, focus on losing fat (not weight) and either maintaining or gaining muscle. That will help you have a firm body with low levels of fat with the best look possible.
When you think about what a toned body actually is and how to achieve it, you will see why fad diets and diet supplements are a waste of time for getting your body to look good.
What to Eat to Tone Your Body?
Again, a toned body means getting rid of excess fat and that makes what you eat a primary factor. You can find ways to bulk up and even lose weight while eating all the wrong foods and living on an unhealthy diet.
Following the wrong diet plan can wreak havoc on your workouts making it difficult to tone up regardless of how tough or how often your exercise routines are. With that said, follow these diet tips to ensure you enjoy swift and flawless results when looking to tone up.
1: Smaller and Regular Meals
Changing your body shape starts with decreasing the percentage of fat and increasing muscle, it’s time to shed any excess weight. And the first step to any diet plan should be a regular eating schedule.
Stable blood sugar levels are essential to weight loss and maintaining energy. The best way to stabilize blood sugar is either:
- Eating 3 meals at regular time with healthy snacks in between
- Instead of 3 normally large meals, break the meals up so that you eat 5-6 times during the day.
Stabilizing blood sugar will help alleviate sugar cravings and hunger pangs. Without these cravings it’s easier to curtail overeating responsible for a high body fat percentage.
Steady and balanced blood sugar helps maintain metabolism, energy, and replacing fat with muscle tone.
2: Eating More Vegetables
Replacing sugar, bread, and processed foods with fresh or frozen vegetables also helps avoid dips in sugar levels that cause cravings.
Eating more vegetables means less calories with more fiber that keeps you full longer. Vegetables bring you the nutrients you need for building muscle naturally, reducing calorie intake, and staying healthy.
- Spinach is rich in iron and magnesium which are both crucial to muscle building and strength.
- Beets are known to improve blood flow to muscles.
- Mushrooms are rich in vitamin D which is associated with muscle growth and strength.
- Sweet potatoes are full of HEALTHY carbs and fiber, both of which help you stay satisfied and faster exercise recovery.
- Kale is a low-calorie food rich in calcium needed for muscle movement.
Vitamin C provides the building block of collagen used to build healthy muscle and is found in all vegetables.
3: More Protein for Muscle Growth and Toning
Protein could be the ultimate weapon for toning and a well-sculpted body.
- Because protein takes a while to digest, you feel fuller longer eliminating those mindless snacks.
- Since protein takes longer to digest, your body needs more energy to process it, which boost your metabolism.
- Protein is the building block of muscle fiber. It is essential for recovery after exercise, and enables healthy muscle responsible for burning calories.
Consuming plenty of protein helps to maintain and build muscle while you lose fat and tone your body.
4: Staying Hydrated is a Must for a Toned Body
Water is a must for staying healthy, staying slim, and maintaining muscle tone. Water flushes toxins from your body and boost your immune system.
Toning up requires water for your body to perform as every cell in your body depends on staying hydrated. (Don’t take my word for that. Just look at any plant that is water deficient and still hanging on to life. That’s what your cells look like under hydrated.)
Remember that over 60% of your body is water. Drinking plenty of water keeps you burning fat, energized, metabolism working efficiently and muscles healthy. It takes all of these factors to increase muscle percentage and decrease fat for a toned body.
How Much Water To Drink?
Half your weight converted to ounces every day of every week of every year. If you weigh 180lbs. drink 90 oz of water every day. That’s 5-6 16 oz bottles.
You can’t get around the fact that nutrition is key to a toned body. Without proper nutrition as the starting point, all your other efforts are sabotaged from the beginning.
Exercises for Toning Your Body at Home Without Equipment
When you set your diet and nutrition in order it’s time for the exercises you can do at home without equipment.
Don’t kid yourself! A toned body is going to take determination and effort on your part. However, you should start to see definite results in a couple of weeks.
6 Exercises for Toning Without Equipment
Body weight exercises are perfect for toning your body without using equipment. In fact, these 6 exercises may be better than using gym equipment.
1. Push ups
Pushups continue to be the industry standard. Depending on your fitness level, there are two ways to get started.
- Lay face down with your hands palm down on the floor under or just behind your shoulders and your toes on the floor. Keeping your body ridgid from your head to your ankles, raise your body until your elbows are straightened out. Now slowly release the tension in your arms as you lower your straight body back to the floor. Do as many reps a possible, and add one each day.
- If you are unable to do standard push ups, try this: get on the floor on your hands and knees. Start out with your arms extended through your elbows and lower and raise your body from your hips with your knees remaining on the floor.
2. Sit ups
Lie on the floor with your feet flat on the floor and knees bended. Put your hands behind your head, and activating abdominal muscles, raise your back, shoulders, and head off t the floor. Do as many reps as you can, and they will steadily become easier as your tone your stomach and butt.
Squats are great for toning and strengthening your entire body. You may want to hold on to a chair for balance at first. Just start from standing, KEEPING YOUR BUTT PROTRUDED BACKWARDS AT ALL TIMES with your back straight, bend your knees and squat as far as comfortable. The correct squat is to go to the position that your thighs from your knees are parallel to the floor.
4. Chair dips
Start by sitting as far forward on a stable chair as possible. Put your hands next to your hips and slide your butt forward and off the chair. You will be in a squatting position on your feet holding your body weight up with your arms.
Now bend your elbows to lower your hips below the seat of the chair. Push your weight up with your triceps, and go up and down for 1/2 to a full minute. Most of this exercise depends on the triceps and pecs, so expect them to tire quickly.
5. Leg lifts
Get on your hands and knees on the floor and lift a leg with knee bent until it’s level with your body. Hold for about 5 seconds and do reps for 30-45 seconds. Now switch legs and do the same.
Combine each of these into one workout, and do them 5-6 days a week. Remember that toning your body with or without equipment requires dedication and commitment.
Planks are the simplest exercise to do and are the best exercise for strenthing and toning your entire body in short order.
All you do is start out on the floor as if you were doing pushups. Raise yourself up onto your palms and toes — and stay there as long as possible.
For the best results, do these planks, time yourself, and add a few seconds every day.
Here’s an article I wrote on the best overall and inexpensive home toning equipment I know of: The Ultimate Workout Machine
Because a toned body means healthy and defined muscle with little excess fat, both exercise and diet are essential to the goal.
Knowing how to tone your body at home without equipment is the perfect method to attain your personal perfect body, stay slim, and maintain the best health.