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Get Lean Muscle Tone in 30 Days With This Workout

A combination of strength training and cardio will get you fit fast.
FACT CHECKED BY Christopher Roback

Do you want to lean out your body and define your muscles without going overboard? This workout can help. Before I suggest specific movements to help build lean muscle tone, let me first go on record to say that building muscle takes more than 30 days. But every day counts, and 30 days of intentional, consistent movement will definitely help you move in the direction of lean muscle tone!

The Workout Should Take 45 Minutes

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Here is a great full-body, bodyweight workout that will help you tone your muscles, especially if done 3 to 4 days/week. If done with short breaks between sets, this should take about 45 minutes. You could add to the movements by using light dumbbells! Not sure what all this means? Contact a personal trainer to learn the proper form. And yes, there is cardio in a lean muscle tone workout! Your heart is a muscle and needs to be worked like every other muscle. Plus, this short cardio circuit will help you tone other muscles at the same time. Happy sweating!

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Do This Warmup, Two Times

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  • Arm circles
  • Quad stretch
  • Bunny hops
  • Five squats
  • Three pushups

Do This Legs Set, Three Times

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  • Ten squats
  • Ten pulse lunges on each side
  • Ten lateral lunges on each side

Do This Arms Set, Three Times

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  • Ten bent over front to side arm raises
  • Ten push-ups
  • 10 reverse plank lifts

Do This Hips/Glutes Set, Three Times

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  • 10 bridge thrusts
  • 10 bridge abduction
  • 10-second bridge hold

Do This Cardio Set, Three Times

  • Circuit! 30 seconds on, 10 seconds off, repeat 3x
  • Jumping jacks
  • Toe touches
  • Pulsing chair pose
  • Butt kicks

Do This Core Set, Three Times

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  • 30 plank taps
  • 30 ankle grabs
  • 30 ab twists
  • 10 dead bug
  • 10 bird dog

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Cool Down and Stretch

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Don't forget to cool down and stretch. "Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints," says Harvard Health. "Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when you call on the muscles for activity, they are weak and unable to extend all the way. That puts you at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage."

💪🔥Body Booster: In order to tone your body fast, work out for 45 minutes three to four days a week, doing a combination of strength training and cardio.

Carrie Rose is a Life Coach, and founder of SunUp Coaching LLC

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