recovery time and muscleThere are a lot of guys out there who are gym rats, meaning they pretty much live in the gym. When we think of certain people in our lives, whether they be friends, family or romantic interests, those with the most muscles, the flattest stomachs, the abs are always linked to how much time they spend in gyms or working out. You see, working out really can be addictive. When you work out, your body not only starts to work and tone muscles but it works your brain. The more you work out, the more ‘good feeling’ hormones (or endorphins) your brain releases. Meaning if you really embrace exercise in your life and make it a permanent fixture of your daily living, you’re going to be hooked not only due to how you start looking in a mirror but because of how you feel when you workout. But this doesn’t mean that if you don’t go to the gym, you can’t find an alternative way of building muscle. Maybe if you did some research into sites similar to, you might find the answer you have been looking for, other than attending the gym. We all have to start somewhere, so whether you decide to take these supplements or lift weights daily, as long as you’re happy with the results, that’s all that should matter.

Here’s a big myth that needs be busted when it comes to working out and seeing results: gaining muscle and toning is not just about exercising non-stop, it’s about the time you take to recover. Recovery time is something that doesn’t get enough attention in the fitness community. We’re driven and told to exercise and yet we’re not informed of the frequency or the good that scheduling down-time can have on your fitness results. Take for instance one of my favorite activities, running. People run for different reasons: a majority run to lose weight or for cardio. If you run 40 miles in one week, an average of 6 or so miles a day, and you don’t stop or take a day off, you’re doing more harm than good. You are not properly allowing the muscle tears and rips in your leg to heal. This happens with any exercise, including weight training. How do you get bigger muscles? Basically, you work your muscles to the point of fatigue and the fibers and muscles within whatever body part you’re working out rip and tear. Over time, your body works to regenerate and repair itself. As those tears and rips heal, you get bigger muscle. Some people also enjoy adding some Xwerks Grow to their exercise routine which will aid with growth. It works as a great supporter of repairing those muscle fibers. So imagine if you lift weights every day of the week, 7 days, without rest. You won’t see much in terms of results: your muscles will show, sure, but they won’t grow any bigger.

Everybody who exercises needs to take recovery time into consideration. You should never work out the same body part every day without rest. As stated earlier, exercise can become an addiction. Not exercising for even one day is enough to unnerve some people. Here’s an easy solution for those who simply cannot take an entire day off of working out: change it up each day. If you’re a runner, run every other day. If you lift weights, consider a graduated system where you lift heavy twice a week and in between you have a day where you lift only lighter weights or use resistance bands. Create a diverse workout routine all together where you run some days of the week, lift weights on others, jump rope for cardio some days (10 minutes of jumping rope burns the same calories as running for 30 minutes), do yoga or pilates. The more diverse and different your exercise routine is from day to day, the less likely you are to over-extend yourself and burn out. Also, you’ll see bigger results in a shorter amount of time.

Don’t be afraid to take a day or two off each week from working out. You’re letting your body heal and the more time your body has to recovery from strenuous workouts, the more time it has to build and maintain big muscles. If you’re working out everyday and not seeing results or if you’re noticing you just aren’t performing as well as you were earlier in the week or the month, most likely you’re pushing yourself too hard. If you’re fatigued and yet you’re eating right and exercising everyday, again, you’re pushing yourself too hard and need to take a day off. Sleep! It’s as good of a workout as any and you’re recharging your body while preparing it for another week of exercising.

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