I decided to write this blog following my most recent blog post “hypermobility vs flexibility” when I touched on the subject of tone. I received a lot of confusing questions, and rightly so. Tone is a very confusing subject and it took me a long time to get my head around, as it is not a word used commonly in the non-medical world.
So what is tone?
Now, being toned and having tone are two completely different things. Everyone has tone but not everyone is “toned”. The word “toned” is actually just slang.
Tone is defined as “the muscle’s resistance to a passive stretch during its resting state”
If this definition makes no sense to you, fear not because it didn’t to me either when I first learnt about it! Put simply, tone is always in your muscles, it is a readily available function of your muscles at rest so that when you want to move your leg/ swing off your trapeze, then it is able to contract on demand. It is always available and helps you to maintain your posture throughout the day.
If that still doesn’t make sense then maybe this picture will!