These days there seems to be way too much information out there when it comes to advice about muscle building and fitness in general. The media, including magazines, internet, newspapers and news stations all have something to say. Some of it is great information and some of it is just plain bad. It is hard to know how to determine what is useful and what is not.
Let’s take a few paragraphs and simplify the process a little bit. When it comes to muscle building there are a few things that we all know. Train hard. Eat well. Get lots of rest for you body. Ultimately it gets a bit more confusing than that as you dig deeper. Below are a few basic tips that you may find helpful in reaching your goals.
Workout in the morning. If you start your day with a workout it jump starts your metabolism and keeps it going all day. Try to eat something with protein, carbohydrates and fats.
Water. Drink lots of water before, during and after your workout throughout the day. Water helps rid your system of toxins and it keeps you hydrated. Being hydrated keeps our bodies running optimally. A body running optimally will build more muscle than a body that is not running optimally. Think about your car on high test gas vs. low test gas.
Nutrition. If you are in a muscle building phase of your program then nutrition is just about as important as the workout itself. Now I am not a nutritionist so I will not go into details but at least consider eating 5-6 small meals per day. One meal should be before your workout and another within an hour of completing your workout. Your meals should be balanced with fat, protein and carbohydrate. Avoid complex carbohydrates and don’t be afraid of fat. Some fats are actually very good for you. And don’t forget, muscle building requires calories.
Change your workout around. If you do the same thing all the time your body adapts to that very quickly. If you want results you literally need to shock your body by challenging your self with things that it does not like and is not used to doing. Everyone who is serious about success should read the previous sentence again!
Rest. Your body DOES NOT build muscle when you are working out. Muscle building occurs when you are at REST. That is why it is so important to not over train by training too long, too intensely and without taking any days off. I personally like to take a full week off every 5-6 weeks and let my body do a full recovery.
I know sometimes it is tough getting ahead with exercise. There is a never ending barrage of information about fitness that makes it hard to keep it all straight. Just remember, simple is usually better and hard work and commitment go a long way.
I have been an exerciser for over 20 years. I have worked as a personal trainer for several of those years. These days I spend my time trying to stay in shape to keep up with my three kids.
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