Bodybuilding is not just a sport and with certainty it is not just what you see on magazine covers or in professional contests. Bodybuilding is a way of living and it is being proven that beyond the physical benefits it also offers mental balance. So, these are some things to do in order to integrate bodybuilding in your daily life the proper way:
1- Setting Long-Term Goals
Make sure that you set long-term goals. You cannot expect to see results if you give up in a month or two, or if you stop and start all the time. Bodybuilding is not a sport that will give you a decent body only for the summer. It must be a whole year activity so that your body gains a muscle-building rhythm.
2- Resting and Recovering
Since knowing that muscle development and regeneration occurs during sleeping hours and in general during resting hours you can understand how important it is to sleep and rest enough. Furthermore, make sure that you leave a resting period of at least two days between each body part workout.
3- Keep it Short and Intense
You can socialize in the gym after you are through with your workout. Warm up, hit the weights and don’t rest longer than 40 seconds between the Individual sets. That way, you ensure that the trained muscle is being pumped and led to exhaustion.
4- Importance of Nutrition and Supplementation
Always keep in mind that bodybuilding is a lot more than spending time in the gym lifting weights. It is actually a triangle that consists of training nutrition and resting. Each one of them is of equal importance. Neglecting one of them will lead to poor results. Supposedly, you are already working on a training program you should also make sure that you adopt a bodybuilding meal plan and get a quality protein shake.
5- Researching and Learning
Bodybuilding is actually more than a sport. It is an evolving science. Read quality magazines, search in the internet for quality articles and guidelines, ask more experienced bodybuilders and above all experiment with different exercises and techniques to see what works best for you. I must admit that after 19 years in bodybuilding, I am still discovering new stuff and I am still correcting mistakes.
6- Love what you are doing
This rule is maybe the most important one. Like everything else in life, you must love it in order to do it right. If for any reason you think that being a bodybuilder just isn’t your thing, then you should consider trying something else. If on the other hand, you have this feeling of sweet fatigue whenever you exit the gym and you are happy about the alterations you see on your body, then stay with it and enjoy every second.
Author: Chris G Pap