VigorI wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked me how to tone their muscles (not develop them, mind you, but just tone them *prissy face*). Then if I had a dollar for every time I was asked how to “spot reduce” an errant tummy, flabby arms, or runaway rump I would have a fortune.

People! Listen! THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TONING YOUR MUSCLES. You can work your muscles, you can develop them but what is toning? No one has ever been able to explain that to me. If you are a woman, and you go to a gym, and you use the machines or free weights to work your muscles, you will not get huge manly muscles. You could not get huge manly muscles even if you wanted them. Mother Nature has decreed that you may not have manly muscles unless you use steroids and then you will regret that decision. You will, at best, have less jiggly arms, a flatter tummy, a rounder tighter butt, and a nice looking back and legs to die for BUT you will not ever under any circumstances look like Charles Atlas and THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TONING.

If you ever say to anyone who knows anything at a gym, that you want to “tone” your muscles you will be the recipient of a vacant stare, the person will turn around as if you said nothing and walk away. You have just committed a faux pas of mammoth proportions and you will be branded a hopeless case. So, spare yourself and don’t do that.

Next, you cannot spot reduce any part of your body. You can exercise muscle groups but you cannot isolate one muscle and reduce it, one part of your body and reduce it. Diets will reduce your entire body. It is an illusion to imagine that you can shrink your tummy while leaving the rest of you as is. You can’t. That is just the way Mother Nature has decreed you exist. Sorry, if you are unhappy with the size of your ________ you will have to lose weight all over or learn to live with it an embrace it’s proportions.

The truth hurts, but the truth will set you free. Be free, my friend. Don’t fret over what you can’t have, enjoy what you can have.

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