A lot of people think that having good muscles is really worked hard for. However, one should know that there are instances in which having a good muscle tone may also be inherited. Indeed, the extent to which you can shape your muscles is partly genetic. Mesomorphs, with their muscular, V-shaped bodies, have an easier time acquiring and keeping muscle tissue than either ectomorphs or those having slender bodies or even the endomorphs or those having plump bodies. Within these limits however, you can dramatically improve the appearance of your muscles by getting rid of the body fat that obscures them and by performing the exercise that should be done in order to better build your muscles. How do exercises help? Basically, exercises will give you taut muscles. But take not that they dont necessarily give you bulging muscles. The only way you can build bulging muscles is with weight training. But even that will not necessarily make you look bulky. The entrants in body building contests acquire much of their potential for muscle bulk from their genes. They also work out daily, lifting weights in strenuous routines until their muscles are exhausted. Working with lighter weights to bring your muscles to a size and shape that would appeal to you will not make you look like a body builder. The proper exercises should be observed in order to achieve a well toned body. Generally, exercises are not supposed to build your body up. Muscles vs fat: Muscles and fat are two entirely different, highly specialized tissues that are incapable of turning into one another. But exercise and its opposite, inactivity, can alter the distribution and mass of muscle and fat in ways that create the illusion that a transformation is taking place. If you exercise your arm and leg muscles, for instance, they will grow larger. To maintain these better-toned muscles, your body will use more calories, eventually drawing on the fat stored in layers of tissue beneath the skin and over the muscles. This is not just from those areas where you have toned your muscles as it should also be from all over the body. As the deposits of fat decline, the contours of the arm and leg muscles will become increasingly visible. If you do not use your muscles, however, they will gradually shrink. At the same time, any calories you consume in excess of those you burn up for energy will be banked as fat, with a good share of them deposited directly over your muscles.
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