You may think that working on one’s muscles is just for bodybuilders, but the truth is that anyone can benefit from a stronger body with stronger muscles. You can build lean muscle or bulk, and there are ways to do both.
Here are some tips for building muscle, whichever type you want.
- Genetics are one of the most important factors in building muscle mass. There is not much you can change about your interior genetics that shape your body, but you can improve the way you look by becoming more toned. Some of us just do not have the bodies that will have large muscles, so accept that and strive for better tone.
- Have protein before starting a workout. Whether you have a sandwich with about 4 ounces of lunch meat, a protein bar or a shake, it’s important to remember that protein synthesis is what is important for building muscle. Have your protein about half an hour to an hour before starting a workout for best results.
- While building muscle generally corresponds to an increase in weight, you should not be surprised if your overall weight does not increase. Your lack of net weight gain can easily be attributed to weight loss caused by a decrease in body fat offsetting your muscle gain. There are various tools and techniques that track body-fat loss. You can utilize them to account for this.
- If you set short-term goals, then reward yourself each time you reach a goal, you will become more motivated. While long-term goals for muscle gain are important, it is sometimes hard to maintain motivation without shorter, and more quickly measured goals. You can even set rewards that are beneficial for your muscle gaining efforts. As an example, get a massage, which will help increase your blood flow and benefits muscle growth.
Building lean muscle and bulking up may sound different, but they require some of the same steps. Stronger muscles lead to a stronger body, and you can achieve that by using the tips laid out in this article. By applying them to your workout and your life, you are well on the way to stronger muscles and a stronger body.