30 Fitness Tips To Help You
Lose Weight, Tone Abs, Thighs, and Arms
Lose Weight, Tone Abs, Thighs, and Arms
30 Fitness Tips That Help You Lose Weight, Sculpt Your Thighs, Tighten Your Abs, and Shape Your Arms
We all have that one body part—or several, in fact—that we want to tone and shape. And, many of us want to lose weight!
Whether you want to lose weight, sculpt your thighs, shape your arms, or tighten anything in between, there are a number of steps you can take toward success.
In particular, weight loss or weight maintenance all comes down to leading an active lifestyle and diversifying your workout.
Working out doesn’t have to be boring. Mix-up and balance your exercise routine with a list of movements that will tone every inch of your body.
Not sure where to start? Find all the steps below. Let’s goooooo!
How to Sculpt Your Thighs
30. Take the Stairs
Kiss the elevator goodbye. Whenever possible, step-up to the challenge and take the stairs.
By including more steps in your daily routine, you’ll work your thighs while hardly noticing it. And, you will lose weight.
Low squats are essential to tone your glutes and thighs.
Practice squatting while holding a small exercise ball between your palms and above your head.
28. Wall Sits
Fit several short, measured wall sits into your workout routine. Place your back flat against the wall, and bend your knees until you’re seated at a 90-degree angle.
Cycling classes can be your go-to cardio and thigh-toning workout.
Getting on the bike is a great way to make your legs work and burn a high-calorie count. And, have I mentioned that you can lose weight?
Alternate doing forward lunges with side-lunges.
This simple exercise does wonders for muscle toning.
And it offers better results than any machine at the gym because you’re forced to engage your core and focus on balance at the same time.
Small movements can significantly increase the intensity of your thigh workout.
While in a lunge or side-lunge, lift one heel at a time and lower it. Lift again, and repeat until you’re feeling the burn.
24. Side Plank
Work nearly every muscle in your body with side planks.
Your core and thighs will engage in particular to lift and hold your entire body up, up, and up. The calories you burn will be amazing.
23. Get into Rock Climbing
So much of rock climbing depends on a push from your legs.
So, rather than pulling yourself up with your arms, you are pushing your body up with the support and power of your thighs.
Check out a local rock climbing gym to put your thighs to the test.
22. Legs up The Wall
After a tough lower-body workout, find an open space along a wall and gently kick your legs up.
With your bottom at the base of the wall and your legs stretched upward against the wall, you can relieve stress in your legs and give them a rejuvenating rest.
“Exercise to be fit, not skinny. Eat to nourish your body. And always Ignore the haters, doubters & unhealthy examples that were once feeding you. You are worth more than you realize.”
~ from Adventures of a Hungry Latina
How to Tighten Your Abs
21. Improve Posture
When you’re not working out, get into the habit of checking your posture.
Your abs will support you all day long—so make them work!
Stand tall. Pull in your tummy, even when you’re sitting in a chair. And avoid slouching.
20. Find your Inner Yogi
Yoga poses do wonders for the abs.
After all, nearly every posture requires an engaged core for maximized balance and stability.
Don’t skip out on regular yoga session opportunities.
19. It’s Not About a Six-Pack
When working to tighten your abs, don’t get caught up in the image of a six-pack.
Every body is different.
What’s more important than the image promoted by the media, is a set of engaged, healthy, and strong muscles that support and enable your body to reach your fitness goals.
18. Diversify Your Exercises
Don’t limit yourself to any one exercise. That’ll get real boring, real quick!
Mix up your workout routine to challenge your core in new ways.
17. Try the HIIT Method
High-Intensity Interval Training will help you burn fat, tone muscles, and tighten your abs all in one.
By engaging in this routine, you can diversify your exercises and push your body in new ways.
This might be an excellent time to get your very own personal fitness trainer.
16. Start with Core Exercises
Before you start your cardio workout, begin with core exercises.
You’re more likely to work your abs to their maximum potential if you start fresh at the beginning of a workout, while you’re still full of energy.
15. Plank it Out
Each day, add a few seconds to the length of time you hold a plank.
Over time, you will quickly build endurance and be able to hold a plank for longer and longer.
As you hold a plank correctly and for longer stretches, you’ll tone your abs—no doubt about it.
How to Shape Your Arms
14. Shoulder lifts
Use small weights—one in each hand—and straighten your arms and lift the weights from where they rest against your thighs to parallel with your shoulders.
These shoulder lifts will work your upper back and shoulders alike.
13. Tricep Arch
Grab two small weights and lay on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor.
Stretch your arms out straight, above your head.
One at a time, lift your arm up, so that the weight is directly above your shoulder. Lower back down to the floor above your head, and repeat.
12. Arm and Leg Lift
Begin in tabletop position with your knees and palms on the floor.
Then lift and extend your right leg behind your and your left arm in front of you.
Hold and release. Then repeat with the opposite arm and leg.
11. Box it Out
Boxing is a great way to improve your agility and strengthen your entire body.
Your arms will certainly get a workout from repetitive, targeted punches.
10. Body Pump
Lifting and pressing are much more enjoyable when you’re part of an entire class.
Join a body pump or weight class, and see the arm-toning results you want with the support of an instructor.
9. Old-Fashioned Push-Ups
Sure, there’s nothing exciting about a push-up.
But, this classic exercise will get you exactly the results you want.
Try just two in a row on your first day. Then build from there.
There are no weights needed for this exercise.
When you do a chin-up, you’re using your entire body weight as a tool.
You will strengthen your arms and upper back with every upward movement.
7. Military Press
This one is a weight bar exercise that you can do at the gym while seated.
Hold the bar at your chest level.
Then, push up and extend your arms until the weight is straight overhead.
Slowly lower to your chest, and then press up again.
How to Lose Weight (Finally!)
6. Find the Right Sneakers
Wearing supportive running shoes is the first step to losing weight.
As you diversify and intensify your workout, you’ll want the right support on your feet.
5. Maximize Macronutrients
Rather than counting calories, focus on eating enough macronutrients.
Macronutrients are necessary nutrients that fuel your body and contain proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.
Make sure that you fuel your body for both a successful workout and to lose weight with these healthy fats, carbs and plant-based proteins.
To get a good start with your nutrition, get your own nutritionist coach.
4. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
As you work out and burn more calories, your body also loses a lot of water, as part of the lose weight journey.
Be sure to drink water often, even when you aren’t at the gym.
And often, when you think you’re hungry for a snack, you may just be dehydrated. In that case, you can fight off food cravings by hydrating yourself.
3. Full-Body Workouts
Skip the treadmill.
Engage your entire body in challenging workouts like using a rowing machine.
A rowing machine session will work your arms, legs, and core with every stroke.
2. Rethink Transportation
Bike or walk to work to put more activity into your every day.
If this isn’t possible, then get into the habit of parking further away from work.
Make yourself walk wherever possible.
1. Give Your Body a Rest
While you’re working toward your weight-loss goal, it’s important to get the most out of the time you have to rest.
Balance challenging workouts with plenty of rest and mindful sleep practices so that you better recharge your body for the next day.
Burn out is real.
So take things slow in the beginning until you fall into a regular workout routine and reach the results you want.
It all starts with feeling the burn… in a good way!
Push your body in new ways and change up your workout routine wherever possible. Toned legs, shaped arms, and a strong core are within reach.
Achieve your fitness goals with these steps, and you’ll feel—and look—your best.
Fitness is all about the bigger picture: the combination of healthy eating, exercise, and lifestyle habits.
Set the standard for yourself, and reach your goals with workouts that are never boring.
BoomZip Advice: BoomZip recommends that you always work within your own limits and abilities. If you have any health concerns or are just beginning in yoga or fitness, talk with your health care adviser before practicing the activities described herein.
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