No matter how tight your budget, there really are ways in which you, too, can shape up like a celebrity without damaging your savings or income.
Whatever the area you want to work, you need to focus on the overall importance of the two key body fat and weight loss components: diet and cardiovascular exercise. Once you address the fat, you can hone in on working to tone your underlying muscles. You need a balance of both, or you won't get results.
Cardiovascular exercises like fast walking, running, jumping rope, swimming, bike riding or energetic cardio classes, such as spinning, body combat and body pump, will burn calories and trim the fat. For best results, do 30 to 60 minutes of cardio three to five days a week. Best of all, these activities either cost you nothing or are included in the cost of your health club membership (which you've already paid for and should be using!).
For serious body sculpting, you'll need to isolate and exercise the individual muscles. You can formulate an excellent workout to include exercises that use little or no major equipment. Exercises that include the use of body weight exercises, free weights (dumbbells), resistance bands and tubes, the Fit Stick or kettlebells will target even the most stubborn of areas. Aim for two to three sessions of toning exercises per week, performing three to four sets of 12 to 16 repetitions per body part.
You can turn any room in your home into your own mini gym. Fitness tools are reasonably priced and you can often find them used (many people buy them with the best of intentions only to stick them in a corner).
Your diet should consist of a good measure of protein, quality carbohydrates and fiber, thrown in with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables coupled with a low intake of saturated fat. Additionally, keep your body hydrated with an abundance of fluid. Cleaning up your diet and making sure you don't consume an excess of calories will keep your body fat low and cultivate great muscle definition.
Remember, every person is unique with his or her own body and no matter how desperate you want the body of your favorite celebrity, do the best you can and you will get your body's best results.
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