We all want strong physiques that will keep us healthy and mobile well into old age. But spend 10 minutes browsing fitness content online, and you’re bound to come across one word at least a dozen times: "tone." Popular it may be, but when it comes to exercise, this is the most widely misunderstood concept out there. Let me explain.
The idea of "toning" implies spot-fat reduction—targeting a single area of your body to burn fat. As convenient as that would be, it's just not how our bodies work. When we burn fat, we do so evenly throughout the entire body. A set of crunches will burn just as much fat from your midsection as it will from your arms, your hips, and everything else. This is why when I hear people say they "just want to tone my [insert body part]," I feel compelled to interject.