If you just want to tone then do you have to do cardio?

I'm slim but not very toned. Do I need to do cardio to tone my body up? Or should I just focus on strength training?


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  • Muscle gives you tone, so build more muscle.

    Running burns fat, and since you're already slim that doesn't do anything to build your shape.

    • Half true, muscle yes. Running does not burn fat nearly as good as building muscle. And women can't get as muscular as men because of their high estrogen levels, so lifting weight would be the best option.

What Guys Said 9

  • Strength training, and you need to triple your calorie intake based on what you've said elsewhere. You will not 'tone' on 800 calories/day.

  • As the user below said, muscle gives tone. Cardio activities don't necessarily build muscle. Cardio is always good but if you are not looking to lose massive amounts of weight/bodyfat, which you are not, then you don't need much. I'd say no more than 20 minutes a day if accompanying a resistance training regimen, and yes that should be your primary focus as far as exercises go.

    • Bear in mind that resistance training will have to be accmpanied by an increase to your calorie intake.

  • More muscle. more tone.

  • You want tone, run run run run run run run and the...run some more lol. You want muscles then you hit the gym. But if you want to slim down then save yourself a membership and hit the road hard. You get out of it, what you put in.

    • Man...I hate that running is the best way to tone. I'm so bad at it ha ha thank you though

  • Runnnnn :D

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What Girls Said 1

  • Focus more on weights, but doing cardio has really really defined my legs a lot.