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What exactly is muscle tone and how can I get toned muscles?

Muscle tone is actually a quack term. It is often used in exercise infomercials because it cannot be directly measured. In other words, exercise equipment promoters can promise increased muscle tone without any risk of not providing it. Generally, muscle tone is considered having muscles that appear and feel firm and tight. Firmness and tightness is best accomplished through resistance training (weight lifting). However, a strength-trained muscle that is covered with layers of fat will not appear "tone" or "cut". Thus, you may need to decrease your body fat percentage to help showcase your muscles. This is best accomplished through dietary modifications and increasing your energy expenditure through physical activity.  

To determine if it is safe for you to be become more physically active go here.


Stephen D. Ball, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension








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