By Joey Atlas
The secrets of effective body shaping for women must first start with a clear understanding of the term's meaning. All too often the term is misused and confused with other fitness related phrases or activities. This is one of the untold reasons why so many women never achieve the body shaping results they desire and deserve.
Body shaping is not bodybuilding, power-lifting, or weight training. These forms of exercise are not for everybody - but body shaping can be, especially for women who are not satisfied with the shape of their body.
Too fat and flabby or too skinny and unshapely? A well structured body shaping exercise program can be the missing link between you and the sexy body you desire and deserve.
Body shaping is the wise use of certain principles of exercise, fitness and smart nutrition to manifest desired changes in the body. Much too often, the term is confused with other types of exercise programs that are not conducive to firming and shaping the female body, safely and efficiently.
There are several elements of body shaping, although not all elements apply to all women. Fat removal, cellulite reduction, skin tightening, feminine muscle shaping, inches lost, changes in body composition levels, shaping curvy thighs or a rounder butt, toning up the arms and shoulders, losing stomach flab - these can all fall under the heading of body shaping for women.
Two ladies with very different goals can follow the same type of fitness program while adhering to nutritional plans that are structured to be in line with their goals, and dependent on their starting points, with measurable progress and consistent success.
Cardiovascular exercise may be slightly different. The woman who wants to lose body fat to achieve body shaping results, will devote a larger amount of time to cardiovascular exercise (25 - 40 minutes) as compared to the woman who wants to build up certain areas of her body to become more shapely(15 - 25 minutes).
Some body shaping programs try to combine the resistance exercise with cardiovascular exercise. While this is not easy, and most programs fall short of doing this successfully, it is possible - especially when the body shaping program uses body-weight exercise principles.
A body shaping program is not usually found in the gym setting. You either have individual programs of weight training and machine exercises or large group classes doing some form of aerobics with some basic body shaping moves. True body shaping takes advantage of gravity, body-weight and kinesiology to bring about changes in the female body through full body conditioning and targeted muscle shaping exercises and workouts. When these factors are combined properly, you can realistically expect to see definite results within three to four weeks - especially when a moderate amount of attention is payed to nutritional intake and daily calories.
The best body shaping programs should be portable - meaning you can do them anywhere and anytime. Leaving no room for the typical excuses of not sticking with 'the program' and allowing you to make continuous progress toward the body shaping goals you have defined for your self.
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