How to Tone Up Your Body at Home

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Using common items in your home will help you tone up your body and get in great shape. Exercising and toning at home will strengthen your muscles and save you time and money because you will not have to pay for a gym membership or use gas driving to a gym.

Things You'll Need

  • Tin can of beans
  • Bottle of water
  • Do warm-up exercises before starting your exercise routine. You should do these before every workout to loosen up your muscles and prepare your body for your workout. Warming up will prevent injuries while exercising. You should do toning exercises at least three times a week to achieve a toned body and stronger muscles.

  • Do lunges to tone all the muscles in your legs. Place your hands on your hips and take a giant step forward with your right leg. Use the muscles of your right leg to slowly come up. Do 15 repetitions, which is equivalent to one set. Keep your hands on your hips to balance your weight. Lunge forward with your left leg and follow the same steps that you did with your right leg. When you are physically ready, gradually increase the number of sets.

  • Do inner-thigh squats to tone your inner thighs. Stand with your heels facing each other and your toes pointing outward. If needed, use a wall, table or chair back to help you balance. Lower your torso until your thighs are parallel to the floor, hold this position for a few seconds and return to your starting position. Do 15 repetitions.

  • Do heel raises to define and tone your calves. Slowly raise your body until the weight of your body is balanced on your toes. Hold this position for a few minutes and lower your feet back on the floor. Do 15 repetitions, which is equal to one set. Do a total of two sets. When you have mastered two sets, you can gradually increase the number of sets.

  • Do bicep curls and tricep extensions to tone your arms. For biceps, hold a sealed tin can of beans in one hand, tuck your elbow at your waist and raise the can toward your shoulder. Lower the can to your waist. Do 15 repetitions, which is one set, then switch to the other hand and follow the same steps. For triceps, hold a sealed bottle or water in one hand behind your head. Slowly extend your arm in the air and bring it down. Do this for one set, then, change hands and repeat these steps. As you become stronger and more toned, increase the weight and number of sets.

  • Do bicycle crunches to tone your stomach. Lie on the floor with your hands clinched behind your head. Bend your left knee and bring it toward your chest while bringing your right bent elbow toward your knee. Straighten out your right leg. Then bend your right knee and bring it toward your chest while bringing your left bent elbow toward your knee, and straightening out your left leg. Your legs should be moving in a bicycling motion. Do three sets of bicycle crunches 30 seconds each.

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