It is not just about lifting weight and working the hell out of your muscles. It is also about your lifestyle in general. There are a few basic principles to understand, so you can build muscles better. Once you get these rules, you will be able to understand what you are doing at the gym and even increase its effectiveness, while reducing workout sessions.
Funny enough, your workouts do not build or strengthen muscles as is believed. Not in the true sense of the word. It instead causes micro tears and micro holes to appear in muscle fibers. When you sleep, your body moves to patch these holes and tears and in the process add more and stronger muscle fibers that, expand and strengthen your muscles. So exercising without adequate sleep will only cause damage and injury to your muscles as, those micro tears and holes are not repaired and hence they expand.
2. Take in proteins
Proteins make most of your muscles and hence it is only common sense that, if you want to expand your muscles, you need to increase the amount of proteins you take. You will also need to take in proteins all the time, especially close to your bed time, as the body cannot store proteins and it will need a relatively bigger amount when you are sleeping, when new muscles are made.
3. Drink water
Water is a very important for muscle health. Your muscles are one of the hardest working parts of your body including when they are resting, meaning that they need a lot of energy just to function normally and be healthy. This energy is provided by chemical reactions that need water to occur. If water is in little abundance, chemical reactions start to slow down and your muscles begin to feel weak and may even shrink and waste away.
4. Train hard
Despite all that has been said in this article regarding workouts, working out is still very important to improve your health. They provide strain and weight that tears and break muscle fibers, for them to be repaired later during the recovery period. If you could surgically or through other methods, puncture your muscles with those microscopic holes that exercise does, then there would be no need for you to exercise. Because such a technology does not exist, exercise is still essential. Working out also improves blood flow, bringing more oxygen and nutrients that your ever expanding muscles need to remain strong.
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