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Here are 5 at-home exercises to help you tone and tighten your muscles quickly

Published on:25 September 2020, 11:11am IST
Want to tighten your muscles naturally? These five exercises will help you achieve your goal in no time!
Nikita Bhardwaj
Muscle tightening isn’t that difficult. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

If you think just doing cardio is going to tighten and tone your muscles, you’re on the wrong track! Now if you want a sculpted body, you can’t miss out on muscle tightening exercises, because they are THE ultimate fuel to fire up your muscles! 

It hardly matters what your fitness goal is — weight loss, weight gain, or muscle strengthening — because without muscle toning and tightening, you can’t achieve any of these goals! 

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With these muscle tightening exercises, weight loss is inevitable too! That’s because tightening of muscles lowers the fat content in your body. It also strengthens your muscles, and that also means that you lower your risk of injuries. 

So, now you know how fruitful it is to tighten up your muscles. 

Without further ado, let’s learn five power-packed exercises that will help you to tighten your muscles: 

1. Push-ups
Let’s begin from the very top. If saggy breasts, droopy shoulders, and a slouchy back are your problem areas, then let push-ups help you out. Push-ups open up your chest muscles, and lift your upper body. This exercise also improves your posture, making you more confident. It also works on your upper back and gives you a better stance.

2. Deadlifts
We would like to call it the ‘miracle’ lift. Although it is a back exercise, a deadlift done right is the best way to tighten your entire body. When you go into a dip, all your entire body gets stretched. And when you lift, the same effect happens on the frontal side. Therefore, even if you just do deadlifts every day, you can keep your muscles firm.

3. Core vacuum
We all dream of having a flat tummy, but guess what? Ab crunches are not enough to flatten it. For that, you need to take the help of core vacuum exercises. These exercises require you to suck in your muscles and hold that position for a few seconds. That’s why your abdominal muscles get contracted to the maximum! You can also opt for cat-cow pose, kapalbati, etc. to create that vacuum in your belly.

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Suck that stomach in while doing the cat cow pose. Image courtesy: @theshilpashetty

Basically, stomach vacuums work on the deeper muscles of your stomach called transverse muscles, and help you get a tight belly.

4. Squat and hold
No we don’t mean a squat hold. We mean do a squat, hold it for a few seconds, rise up, and repeat. This one is another jackpot. Squats, as we all know, are one of the simplest ways to tone your lower body, whether you want to tone your glutes, quads, or hamstrings. But, if you mix it with the hold, then the impact gets doubled. After all, it increases the contraction in the muscles by stretching them harder, and that results in fat burn and muscle tightening.

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Hold that squat to tighten up your muscles.

5. Triceps dips
Now, only your arms aren’t covered. Although push-ups will do some of the work, we still need one exercise that precisely focuses on your entire arm. And triceps dip is that exercise. Don’t go by its name, because tricep is the major muscle but it also works on the entire arm muscles in equal proportion. So, now you can bid adieu to jiggly arms with this amazing exercise!

Doesn’t it look like a hell of a plan? Follow it regularly for a month and see if you end up tightening some muscles or not. Keep us posted!

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.