I have been absent for the past week, but for good reason. Of course for Thanksgiving, but also because my whole family has been fighting off what seems to be the never-ending cold.
On Thanksgiving day I actually saw 133 lbs on the scale and I was ecstatic! Then Friday after Thanksgiving my in laws wanted to watch the kiddos for the day so I decided to actually go to the Y and lift the heavier weights that I don't have access to at my home. I lifted and did cardio spurts in between, but I lifted pretty heavy on my legs. Upon leaving I felt fabulous, but 24 hours later was a completely different story. My legs haven't been that sore in a really long time, and then to top it all off I hopped on the scale - a BIG NO NO! It read 135! How on earth could I have gained 2 lbs in two days??? Then I read this article of Jillian's and it clicked. I was actually building up my muscle - which weighs more. And on top of that I wasn't giving my muscles the time they needed to recover. Take a look at the article. I found it really helpful.
What Does "Toning" Really Mean?
Let me just give a little clarification regarding the word "toning." The word has nothing to do with the size of a particular muscle; it refers rather to making a muscle lean by burning intramuscular fat, and conditioning the muscle for better performance.
You can't actually build muscle mass unless you're eating more calories than you're burning, but you can "tone" a muscle to make it leaner. To tone your muscles, you should plan to do weight training four days a week, working each muscle group twice a week, with two days of rest after training a particular muscle group.
For example, try:
Monday: Chest, shoulders, triceps, quads, upper abs, obliques
Tuesday: Back, biceps, hamstrings, glutes, lower abs
Thursday: Chest, shoulders, triceps, quads, upper abs, obliques
Friday: Back, biceps, hamstrings, glutes, lower abs
Remember, exercise is the architect, but recovery is the builder. You have to give your body adequate recovery time to heal itself and grow stronger. If you work out too often without resting, you'll just continue to break your muscles down.
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