Not everyone that wants to build up strength has the dream of becoming a bodybuilder, sometimes it is just to become stronger, leaner and more fit. If building muscle mass is not your thing, but looking and feeling fit is, then this is the guide for you.
Hang on a minute, we said that this wasn’t for bodybuilders, so why the weight training? There are so many different types of weight training, all that have an impact on different parts of the body. You have giant 30 pound weights, for sculpting muscle mass. Then you have the smaller dumbbells required for tight and lean muscles. If you want to tone your legs and bum, then try squats with 5 pound weights. Those who want leaner arms should try a single 12 rep set of bicep curls. Don’t push yourself and start lifting 45 pound weights, or you will damage your muscles. Work on weight training gradually and you’ll soon start noticing a difference.
Even weight-lifters don’t just spend their whole time at the gym actually lifting weights. Everyone who wants to become fit and strong needs to mix weight training with cardio exercises, as well. A quick burst on the treadmill sheds the excess body fat and reveals a toned body underneath. Try to fit in around 30 minutes of cardio exercise, around 3 times per week to start, building this to 5 times a week when your stamina has built up. You don’t have to stick to the treadmill, there are lots of cardio exercises that will help you tone up. Try cycling, swimming, rowing or even a home aerobics workout. See if you can rope in a friend or two when exercising, it helps to stay motivated if someone else is doing it with you. Remember, the first few times you go to the gym you are going to ache, but don’t give up! A few aches and pains are the signs of a good workout.
Vitamins and Minerals
The right diet and a good combination of supplements will ensure you’re getting the right vitamins and minerals to improve fitness. Make sure you are eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, for a healthy boost and to raise those energy levels. If you’re constantly snacking on crisps and chocolate then you’re not going to be getting the full benefits of your workout! Not only that, but the sugars found in junk food provide only a temporary high, meaning you’ll crash and suddenly feel lethargic. If you’re not getting enough goodness from your food then ensure you use supplements on top of your diet. For example, a supplement that includes Zinc and Magnesium will be a natural testosterone booster to help increase strength and recover quicker from exercise. Find out which supplements you need to get your RDA of vitamins and minerals.
This guide has covered everything you need to know about becoming leaner and stronger. The keys are the way you workout, when you workout and the food you’re putting into your body. You’ll find that just by making some simple changes to your lifestyle, working out and eating healthily becomes second nature. Here’s to a lean new you!