Common Bodybuilding Mistakes That Are Stifling Your Progress

There are articles and books on how to build muscle and get into shape, but for the most part these all focus on what you should be doing and on the good advice on how to get into shape. The problem then is that you can follow all this advice closely, but still be doing one or two things wrong that slow down or even prevent progress. In short you need to know what not to do as well as what to do, and you need to learn from the mistakes of others. Here we will look at some of the most common mistakes people make when they’re trying to build muscle, at why they are so serious, and at how you can avoid it happening to you. Read on…

Not Getting Enough Sleep

Many people don’t realise the highly important role of sleep when they’re working out. This is a big mistake however as actually sleep is completely crucial for muscle growth. That’s because we need to repair the microtears that form in our muscles in order for them to grow, and the way to do this is by getting sleep which puts our body in an anabolic sleep. The more you workout, the more you must sleep.

Not Training Hard Enough

This is a very common mistake people make where they simply don’t put enough effort into the workouts they do. This is not helped by a lot of articles which tell people they don’t need to be hurting or that they don’t need to make it unpleasant. Unfortunately the reality is that it kind of does have to hurt at least a bit because that’s how you know you’re making microtears.

Sticking to One Plan

If you’re one of those people who goes into the gym holding a piece of paper that says every workout you’re going to do on it then you aren’t doing yourself any favors. The problem here is that if you’re sticking to the same program then you aren’t getting enough variation in your training, and you’ll find yourself waiting around for too long as well waiting for a particular machine.

Doing Too Much CV

If you’re trying to grow in muscle rather than just burning fat then there comes a point where running on the treadmill becomes counter productive. This is because you are likely to start burning muscle as well as fat which will actually cause your muscle to somewhat shrink. In fact too rigorous a bodybuilding program can do this too, so think slow and heavy movements and low numbers of reps, not hard and fast training if it’s muscle growth you want.

10 Secrets to Optimizing Your Exercise Plan

Keeping up with your exercise routine is more than just having the right motivation. In fact, this might only conquer half the battle. If you are having a hard time achieving your exercise goals on time, keep in mind these tips the next time when a situation threatens to veer you out of your path.

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  1. Know your body.

Before anything else, you need to assess you body. Go to a local clinic or take some fitness tests so you have an idea on the current state of your body. From here, picking out your goals along with the exercise routines should be easier.

  1. Book yourself.

The people around you might not understand why exercise is very important for you but do not be wavered and still keep this as a priority. Place this in your datebook so you can always that you have a prior commitment if someone attempts to take this time away from you.

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8 Helpful Hints for Home Video Workouts

Are you a neophyte in the realm of working out? Or are you just shy to brave the gym with all those intimidating equipment and people? If this is the case, you would probably highly benefit from getting one of those home video workouts and do your routines right in the comfort of your own home without having to pay for ridiculously expensive gym memberships or a personal trainer.

These home exercise videos sure are good alternatives to losing and keeping off those pounds. Before you get started, make sure that you check out the following tips first. They might come in handy at some point while you are exercising at home.

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5 Busted Weight Loss Myths

Losing weight is no simple feat.  Besides figuring out what you should eat, what you shouldn’t be eating and what workouts will best work for you, it’s hard to discern what diet tips are true and what diet types are completely false.  Online sources, books and media may be telling you one thing, when in reality it’s the exact opposite.  Before you go about your weight loss plan, here are 5 common weight loss tips that are actually just weight loss myths:

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Swimming: A Low-Impact Path to Weight Loss

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Once a person has decided to lose weight and get into shape it will be a life changing decision. The first step is to see your doctor and let him/her become involved in your weight loss and fitness plans. Get the go ahead from them first, and share some realistic weight loss goals through sensible swimming sessions to lose weight.

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It doesn’t matter if one has a few pounds or a hundred or more pounds to loose, if you are not in the habit of exercise you need to take it slow and easy and work up to a more rigorous swimming exercise routine. Along with exercise comes a difficult challenge to everyone, and this is to make a lifestyle change with the foods eaten. It is not a good idea to make so many lifestyle changes all at once, however a more nutritious diet plan and an exercise plan go hand in hand. Be aware that when one is on any exercise/healthy eating plan you will initially see a weight loss and then, as the body starts to break down the excess fat, you may see a weight increase. Just keep with the exercise and nutrition plans as scheduled and know that this is normal.

One good way to step into the exercise arena is through swimming. Above ground pools are not expensive to purchase and if one already has an above ground pool then they are ahead of the game. Swimming for weight loss calls for a slow and easy swimming session of five to ten, fifteen or twenty minute sessions. One can increase the sessions by five minutes per week if this is comfortable. As one becomes more attuned to exercise then they can increase the number of workouts per week from three to five. Listening to your body is important, as pushing yourself too hard can cause over-exertion and even injury to your muscles.

Once in the pool be sure that a constructive swimming workout is being done. Any number of swimming patterns can be done such as freestyle, backstroke, doggy-paddle or whichever you prefer.. Just remember to do it consistently for the number of minutes needed to accomplish the session, and don’t play around. Start out for a few weeks with low-impact swimming and work up to a more intense and rigorous swimming session. While both slow and fast sessions will burn fat and calories, fast sessions are what will really give those calories a punch.

In addition to swimming if you incorporate weight training you will help strengthen the muscles and improve your swimming sessions. Above all do not get discouraged because the weight is not coming right off. The weight did not come onto your frame overnight and it is not going to disappear overnight.

Everyone must decide in their own mind to make healthier food selections and exercise; no one can do this for them. People should strike the word ‘diet’ from their vocabulary. Diets have a beginning and an end. Diets usually stop when weight goals are met. Diets are never lifestyle changes. Lifestyle changes are just what they say, ‘lifestyle’. They will continue for the life of that person.

Following  the recommended daily allowances from all five food groups ensures that you’ll get all of the correct nutrients needed for each day. Incorporating the right amounts of grains, fruits, vegetable, proteins and dairy into three meals and three snacks per day will sufficiently feed the body what it requires daily.

One should drink at least eight, eight-ounce glasses of water per day, and when working out one will need more fluids, coffee does not count. Avoid sodas, energy drinks and decaffeinated products, and cut down on caffeine. Most people say they are hungry when in fact they are lacking sufficient fluids.

If you incorporate a realistic daily swimming routine and a more nutritional food plan in their life then you are bound to lose those excess pounds and calories. The only side effect to these plans is a healthier, fit body.

 

What Does It Really Mean to Be Overweight?

Obesity is an ever increasing problem in the US now-a-days. Studies show that over 66 percent of Americans can be categorized as either fat or obese, and the medical community is even going so far as to call it an epidemic. However, with today’s aesthetic standards as portrayed by the media and the fashion community, it can be very tough to decipher what is actually a healthy weight. No doctor would recommend trying to be stick-thin, but we all know that obesity is dangerous to the health. So, where is that healthy midline? What, exactly, does it mean to the general public to be “overweight?” Here are the plain facts:

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The definition. Being overweight means weighing more than what is healthy. This amount varies from person to person, as it depends on factors that are unique to each person’s build. Therefore, what is overweight for you might not be overweight for someone else.

Overweight compared to being obese. It is important that you understand that overweight does not necessarily mean obese. Healthy (or unhealthy) body weight is graded on a scale, including the categories of “normal weight,” “overweight,” “obese,” and “morbidly obese.” Each level has its own set of qualifying factors and, of course, morbidly obese is the most dangerous. Being overweight means being one step above normal weight, one step below obese, and two steps below morbidly obese.

What factors are used to determine overweight? Your body mass index (BMI) is used to determine where you are categorized on the health/morbidly-obese scale. Your BMI is a measure of your body’s composition, accounting for how much you weigh in relation to your height. There are various different methods to calculate BMI. The simplest is to use an online BMI calculator, but for the most exact figure, it is a good idea to see a doctor or nutritionist. If your BMI falls between 25 and 30, you are generally considered overweight. However, it is important to keep in mind that BMI has no way of accounting for your muscle to fat ratio. This ratio can make a major difference in your overall health, and therefore can change your status as overweight. For example, if you are a serious athlete with a lot of muscle, you may weigh more than someone else your height who is at a “normal” weight, but that doesn’t mean you are overweight.

Overweight is a term that is used loosely, which makes it confusing when determining whether or not you fit into that category. Your best bet is to consult with your doctor to figure out if you are overweight, and if you could benefit from lowering your BMI.

About the Author: Tommye Lounder is a health and wellness specialist who specializes in educating people about their bodies. He enjoys researching common medical conditions, including candida expert opinions, heart health, addictions, and the body’s metabolism.