Ways to Get a Healthy Body
Have you ever looked at a fitness magazine and wondered how the men and women inside keep themselves healthy and lean? I have. And that developed a desire within me to start looking for ways to get my body fit and healthy. I learned a few helpful ways that gave me everything I wanted in time. Good health and physique. That is basically what working out is all about. When it comes to workouts, everything matters. Things like routine, music, age, muscle group, diet and the likes might sometimes sound like they don’t matter, but they are everything to be focused on.
Working out and a healthy body
Working out is not just about going to the gym and lifting everything in your line of sight, there are techniques to be honed. Basically, there are four parts to a workout. These are rest, nutrition, weight training and cardio. Rest comes as nature dictates. The most obvious type of rest is sleep. We are supposed to get 7-8 hours of good sleep because that is when our muscles heal, and we get maximum recovery. Rest in-between sets is also important because it builds up momentum for the next set. Not getting enough rest leads to injury, especially when overworking a muscle group.
Nutrition effects on working out
Another important aspect of working out is what we eat. Nutrition goes back to the basics of the types of food we eat and their benefits to our bodies. Working out dictates that you should eat five to six smaller meals spread out over the day, and always make sure you get good enough quality protein, good fats and good quality carbs in each meal. Your muscles need them for regeneration. Weight training is the part most people are excited about, but it is the part most people do wrong. Weight training should be at least three times a week with days of rest in between. You can either choose to group different muscle groups for a specific day or do a full body workout involving compound exercises.
Cardio and working out
Let us not forget something very important in working out. Cardio. This helps a lot, especially in burning fat so that you can achieve that lean body that you keep looking at in your magazines. Most people wonder how music is related to working out. Here the thing. It goes hand-in-hand with cardio in that if you match your exercises with the beat of your music, it will sync with your heartbeat and you will work out much better using less oxygen. Try it and see. Plus, the desire to quit will drop drastically. Therefore, the best advice is to pick songs with beats you think you can work with then start with that. The goal is to match the exercises to the beat and then go harder and faster.
Age effect on working out
Stronger muscles and stronger bones are the main benefits of working out, and this is not limited by age. I have seen older men and women working out even more than the young. Keep in mind that the body deteriorates with age. Don’t overwork yourself, and if you are older than say 60, get clearance from your doctor. Start light then adjust at will. Change it up a bit to confuse your muscles and avoid the plateau. I know most old and young avoid leg workouts because of the fact that they are never easy. Legs play a couple of important roles within us. Stability, less knee pain, faster weight loss … I mean I have no idea why people overlook the advantages of leg workouts. You don’t even have to go hard at the beginning. Just start right, do a couple of lightweight squats then move on to something more challenging. Never under train the legs.
At the end
All these beg the question, “How am I supposed to keep the new and improved me all lean and fit knowing that age is going to catch up to you at some point?” Well, fear not. You don’t really have to keep working out as hard because after creating the body of your dreams, it becomes a blueprint for your physique so anytime you work out, you end up keeping your physique maintained.
Get some weights for working out at home to save yourself the trouble of going to the gym. Do some cardio at least twice a week. People won’t be able to keep their eyes off of you.
Article by Jamshed