Lift weights to strengthen and build muscle, and at the very least, maintain the muscle you have.
Choose weight that is challenging and becomes tough to lift after 8-12 repetitions. Lifting light weights will not help you build muscle or “tone”.
Perform cardiovascular exercise to lose body fat. Until you lose the fat on top of your muscles, you won’t be able to see them.
The extent to which you can achieve muscle definition is linked to your body fat percent, genetics, and other factors.
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