I’m heading to the gym; I love lifting weights!  There’s just something empowering about the ability to lift heavier and see progress.  I will never have a super low body fat but that’s OK, I just want to get stronger!  What’s your focus when you work out?

So the question of the day is, what are the best Workout Routines for Women?  Men and women seek out very different routes when looking to get healthy. Most men are look to lift weights, building muscle, and tone their bodies, while most women simply focus on cardio to get thin.   When women are told to exercise, the first thing that comes to mind is an aerobic class or going on a walk.  Ladies, it’s time to think bigger!!  We need to look outside the box of what we normally think of as exercise.

If you work out with the right program that combines lifting weights and cardio you will create a healthy body that is toned and give you the best fat loss workout.  Weights don’t only increase muscle mass, weights increase metabolism!  When that is the focus, you will reach your appropriate weight and have a healthy toned body. Remember success is not always the number on the scale, but really about how your clothes fit. As you lose weight and gain muscle your weight will fluctuate because you’re adding some muscle, but it is what your body composition is doing that makes all the difference.  Muscle takes up much less room than fat does so if you lose fat and add muscle, your clothes will fit better.

When you’re designing a workout plan, you should make sure that you incorporate weight lifting and other toning exercises. In fact, the most effective plan is to have cardio, resistance training, stretching and a balanced nutrition plan.

Here’s good news, there are plenty of workouts that can be accomplished without the need to buy special workout equipment. If you have comfortable clothing that’s easy to move in and good athletic shoes, you’re already good to go! Using your body weight can be a good way to begin a training routine that will shape and tone your body.

So how do you get started? With a proper warm-up of course. A good warm up with calisthenics and dynamics moves is always the way to go. This means lightly jogging in place for a few minutes; do some jumping jacks; or turn on your favorite music and dance.

Now it is time to move on to an exercise routine that focuses on toning and cardio, or toning one day and cardio the next. The more you mix it up, the more likely you are to have results. A couple of options for fast results include the 21 Day Fix, which is designed to get you toned and back into shape fast. There is also Beachbody On-Demand which gives you access to a vast library of programs that allows you to find a workout that best suits your goals. Beachbody On-Demand allows you to change things up whenever you get bored. This will help keep you moving and motivate you to achieve your goals.  Whatever your program, be sure you are working out at a pace that you feel “breathy.”  You might like to quit but you’re able to keep going.  The workout should have some weight resistance work whether from pushups, planks, etc or with the use of several repetitions with hand help weights.

Finish it out with a Cool down. Once you’ve completed your worked out you don’t want to just stop. Instead, take a few minutes to stretch, relieving the tension in muscles that you’ve just worked hard.

This type of routine will help shift your focus from simply weight loss to toning. This shift will help you reach your goals and gain greater results.

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