Muscle building is something that quite a large number of people are interested in – for the majority of people if they are in the gym, they don’t only want to become fitter and lose body fat but also build some muscle too. Below we are going to discuss the science behind making your muscles bigger.
Fat loss – probably the main reason why people exercise. Most of us don’t go the gym, for a run or to a class for the health benefits that exercise provides, but for the simple reason to look good and there’s nothing wrong with that. If losing a bit of extra fat, looking slimmer and putting on some muscle is going to make us more confident and feel good about ourselves why not do it then?
As described by the World Health Organisation, being healthy means that you are not only physically fit with no diseases, but you are also in good mental and social health. There has been a wide variety of research that shows that physical activity has a good impact on a number of mental health issues and how we behave around people, so it is by no coincidence that physical, mental and social health are all connected to each other. In fact, if one is not functioning very well there will be a number of effects on the other since usually it goes around in a cycle.
Cardiovascular fitness is the ability of the cardiovascular system, made of the heart, lungs and blood vessels, to deliver oxygenated blood to the working muscles for them to be able to keep working by using this oxygen as a form of energy to fuel movement. Cardiovascular fitness also refers to one’s aerobic ability and for how long you can keep doing a certain activity. You can improve your cardiovascular fitness with various methods so today we’ll discuss its importance and how to train it.
As a society we’re always trying to see when we’re going to fit everything in the 24hrs of the day and this applies to training too – when am I going to go to the gym, when am I going to go for a run or to that class? If we then do manage to go we try and fit an hour’s session in 45mins because we’re so tight for time; question is, is this really beneficial? More often than not we neglect the fact that we need to rest in between sets of exercises while training and recovery in between sessions.
Our glute muscles, the 3 different muscles that make up our bottom, are probably one of the most important muscle groups that we have. Having strong glutes will not only allow for the production of power with our hips in full body exercises such as running, jumping, squatting etc but also reduce the chances of lower back pain from sitting down for a long time, run quicker and be able to lift heavier in the gym which will make you stronger.
More often than not, setting a goal helps us achieve our target within a reasonable time frame. We can say that our day, week, month, year and maybe even our life is made up of setting and achieving goals. Having goals helps us stay motivated and committed towards what we want to achieve but it also a form of encouragement to stay focused when we are not feeling at our best. Without goals we might feel that all our hard work is not resulting in anything fruitful and that might lead us to feel lost at times.
How many of us have signed up to a challenge without thinking twice? Our friends or colleagues have decided to take a challenge so why not join them too for a bit of fun?
Supplementation is a big topic and due to the vast number of dietary supplements available on the market. A lot of people think that as soon as they start training, they need to start taking specific supplements as otherwise they won’t see the same progress. Is it true that we need to supplement, or can we achieve our goals without them?