Building Muscle the Organic Way

Organically or naturally building muscle means that you develop your musculature the old-fashioned way.

Although there are supposedly a lot of other options to creating the perfectly sculpted physique using “easier” methods (like drugs, supplements and surgeries,) these options are not particularly encouraged by health care providers, and certainly not favored among the lot of hard core body building enthusiasts. In fact, professional body builders who use these methods are eventually banned from the sport; and have to suffer the dire medical consequences of choosing the easy way out.

The old-fashioned and gradual way is always the best means to building muscle mass. However, this does not simply mean that you pump iron 24/7, and always pushing yourself to the brink of exhaustion.

Here are some tricks of the trade when it comes to organic muscle building.

1. Get enough nutrition. Despite its popularity, the misconception of living on protein shakes and eating nothing but protein based food can have devastating effects on your body when you are trying to build up your physique – and none of these effects can be rightfully called as positive. Yes, protein helps with building muscles, but you would need other nutrients to keep the rest of your internal organs in tiptop shape as well. Glucose in carbohydrates is essential in keeping the brain functioning and whole. Without glucose, all the normal functions of the body slow down, and that will eventually hamper daily activities and your more strenuous workouts.

Minerals and vitamins from vegetables and fruits are necessary in keeping up one’s resistances and strength. Lightly prepared or raw vegetables and fruits are also great in satisfying normal hunger pangs without putting on unwanted pounds. Small amounts of oil from food (e.g. olive oil, essential oils rich with Omega 3 compounds) are imperative in retaining the luster of hair and nails. Furthermore, too much protein in the system can negatively affect heart functions as well. It would be best to get a balanced meal that contains almost all food groups, during every meal. Know the exact portions you could take to keep the calories down.

2. Take it easy. Pumping iron is beneficial to any body building workout, but so is rest and sleep. The body can be trained to work longer hours and to accommodate the most demanding workouts; but internal organs, and muscles need their own time out as well. For starters, most workouts need to elevate the heart rate to make the blood pump fasters, which eventually supplies oxygen to all the muscles in the body. However, the heart needs a breather every once in a while, or it will start to strain causing palpitations or even painful heart attacks. This is the reason why you need to warm up and cool down before and after strenuous workout sessions. This gives the heart the time to speed up and slow down respectively.

At the same time, muscles that are worked continuously can be inadvertently strained causing minor or serious injuries. Minute tears in the musculature can lead to internal hemorrhaging, while major tears can take months and months of healing period and physical therapy.

Take the time to really rest your muscles. If you have a workout regimen, make sure that you have ample time to rest in between exercises, and that you get as much as eight to ten hours of uninterrupted sleep per day.

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