The 7 best exercises for toning your body right now

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Trainers know that the exercises we choose, and how we choose to do them, can have a huge impact on body shape. 

When it comes to getting ready to take your clothes off this summer, some moves are proven to work better and quicker than others at getting a slim, toned, beach-ready physique. 

Tony Maloney, a trainer and exercise physiologist at the National Institute for Fitness and Sport in Indianapolis, shared his best tips for slimming down this summer with Business Insider.

It turns out that a lot of basic exercises that we all know and recognize are still some of the best for anybody trying to get a little leaner. Take a look: 

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Push-ups are still one of the best moves for toning from the waist up.

Push-ups are a great way to tone the upper body and build shapely arms and shoulders. But that’s not all they’re good for.

"You’re still working the trunk, so you’re working the abs and the core," Maloney said. 

Planks and side planks are stellar core exercises.

Maloney says he prefers plank moves to crunches or sit ups, because you’re less likely to do them wrong and injure the spine. Plus, they’re generally more effective at building a tight core.

"You’re holding and stabilizing the spine," he said. "That’s really what the core is supposed to do." 

 

When you get really good at regular planks, start moving your extremities for some extra-intense fun.

Lifting one elbow or one foot is "going to challenge the system big time," Maloney said.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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