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Do your muscles feel out of it lately? Is it as if they’re going to sag straight onto the floor at any moment? Well, that’s a crisis many of us gym junkies experience after we go on hiatus from the gym for a while. It can really make you regret taking a break from the dumbbells to get your life together. You may think that it would’ve been better if you just kept grinding yourself to the bone for the last few weeks. What were you doing taking a vacation? You chose this life so you got to commit, right?

Different Ways To Keep Your Body Toned

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Do your muscles feel out of it lately? Is it as if they’re going to sag straight onto the floor at any moment? Well, that’s a crisis many of us gym junkies experience after we go on hiatus from the gym for a while. It can really make you regret taking a break from the dumbbells to get your life together. You may think that it would’ve been better if you just kept grinding yourself to the bone for the last few weeks. What were you doing taking a vacation? You chose this life so you got to commit, right?

Wrong.

The gym should be a happy place. It should be your go-to home whenever you feel so down that you’re up for breaking a good sweat. It’s where you meet your fellow gym buddies whenever you feel hype and ready to take on a new challenge. It is in no way mandatory for you to perfect your attendance in the gym (Check out: https://caloriebee.com/motivation/Is-Exercise-Torture-Make-Exercise-a-Fun-Activity-Enjoy-Exercise). You’re not someone subject for physical torture so never blame yourself for taking a break. You deserve it.

However, I do agree with you about the part on commitment. Exercising, muscle toning especially, comes with responsibility and discipline. You can’t just up and go after you’ve started something that may as well have altered your physical body. Your muscles won’t remain toned if you stop moving them or cease to put stress on them. They need constant challenge in order to maintain shape. If you quit the muscle work after so long, you’re going to end up getting flabby (or should I say flappy?) arms and legs – the sort that wiggle with the slightest movement.

And you don’t want that, do you?

If you are in desperate need for a break, or if you simply want to take it easy for a while, know that there are countless of ways to stay in shape even if you don’t go the gym. Whether you’re planning a staycation or wanting to fly all the way to the Bahamas, you can always do some muscle training by yourself.  

To give you an idea, I made this list of things you can do to help keep your muscles toned without going to the gym. More power to you!

When You Wake Up, Stretch

Instead of picking up your phone right after waking up in the morning, stand up and stretch those muscles. If you have the luxury of hitting the snooze button three times, then you can definitely spare 5 minutes of your mornings to do some stretches. They don’t have to be super difficult or anything. Just a few arm and leg rotations would do.

When you make a habit out of this, you’ll definitely start feeling better. You’d eventually find it amusing too – to a point where days you forgot to stretch don’t feel right anymore. Stretching should help maintain the elasticity of your muscles. Even if you stop toning them for a while, stretching should prevent them from getting sore the moment you get back to the gym. Your muscles need frequent movement so that they don’t sag; stretches happen to fulfill the job just right without consuming too much energy. Here are some stretch routines you can follow in the morning.

Go Jogging

After a good stretch and some warm-up exercises, you may want to consider going for a jog. If you’re an early riser, jogging is definitely an activity you can learn to love. Early mornings feel lovely. Why? Well, for a number of reasons. (1) Sweating won’t cause you too much discomfort since the air outside is still cool. (2) The world is quiet and you have nothing but good music to fill your thoughts. (3) You absorb a good amount of Vitamin D into your system and (4) you’ll have more room for breakfast. Lastly, (5) you still have your HP gauge full in the morning thanks to a good night’s rest. You’ll definitely run well.

Anyway, morning jogs are the best; nobody can argue with me on this. You should really consider it if your schedule is lax in the morning. It’s good for tightening your leg muscles, not to mention, it’s a perfect full-body workout.

Learn To Love The Outdoors

If you’re an outdoor-type of person, you’re in luck. There’re just so many outdoor activities that help improve muscle tone. You can try rock climbing, surfing, hiking, and even trekking. All these outdoor activities challenge your stamina and muscle strength. If you engage in them often, your muscles will naturally develop over time.

On your next holiday, why not plan an outdoor trip with friends and family? Going with people who also enjoy outdoor sports and activities will help motivate you further. 

Bikes Are Awesome!

If we’re talking about muscle tone, stationary and recumbent bikes always find their way into the picture. Biking is a great way of improving leg power and muscle strength. It’s also excellent at maintaining tight muscles. If you plan on not going to the gym for a while, then you should consider taking your own exercise machine home. It may seem like a big expense at the moment, but it’s still good investment. If you find that working out at home suits you better, then you can let go of the gym entirely. You’ll save travel time and money that way so it’s actually cheaper in the long run. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try outdoor biking every now and then. Get a chance to explore new terrains and venture new bike trails every time! 

Ever Heard A Dumbbell-a-thon?

Thinking about it, you don’t really have to schedule a time for muscle toning. You can do it while watching TV, listening to music, or reading a book. Pick up a dumbbell while you watch your favorite Netflix show. Time will fly and you won’t even notice it. Or, do some squats while listening to your favorite album. There are so many activities you can do while toning your muscles at the same time. Just give it a try!

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