Building muscle is part of a healthy workout to change your overall appearance. Use the tips below to make muscle building a part of your workouts while maintaining your other exercise goals.
Do not neglect aerobic exercises for muscle building exercises. While aerobic exercises may not be your direct goal if you’re considering muscle building, to maintain heart and lung health you should not discontinue your aerobic exercise.
Muscle building exercises will take time to perform accurately. When you’re learning to do muscle building exercises take the time to do them right. Whether it’s using the right muscles to do crunches or weightlifting to protect your wrists, taking the time to do the exercise correctly can help prevent injury and make the most of your workouts.
Your goal is to work up to about 45 minutes a day of muscle-building exercise, similar to the suggested amount of time to be spent on cardio. Consider giving your muscles a chance to rest and varying your routine by taking an every-other-day approach to muscle building.
Consider using machines to help you learn how to work your muscles. If you don’t have a trainer, machines which provide instructions and guide your use can be an effective tool in learning to exercise muscles. Machines are also helpful to incorporate muscle-building exercises if you’re accustomed to machine time for your other exercises such as using a treadmill or elliptical.
You should include the goals of using free weights for muscle building because they need you to do other healthy actions such as balance the weight you’re using to exercise. Machines tend to balance the weight for exercisers which can actually reduce their effectiveness in terms of how fast you will build muscle.
Avoid setting unrealistic deadlines for seeing results from muscle-building exercises so that you don’t negatively impact your motivation. If you’ve decided to include muscle-building exercises in your workouts, don’t attach an artificial time period in which you expect to see results in terms of any one aspect of your body. The “benefits” of exercise including muscle-building exercise can range from being able to sleep better at night to feeling less stressed during the day. These benefits can be just as significant for your life as being able to see a more sculpted bicep.
Don’t forget to cool down after muscle-building exercises by stretching. The time added for cooling down can be as little as a few minutes that provides you with an opportunity for some stretches. There are some stretching exercises that focus on the muscles while others focus on the whole body including the muscles you just used.
Don’t use too much weight in an effort to build muscle faster. Using too much weight will likely cause injury before it builds your muscles. Guidelines usually recommend using weights that you can lift comfortably for eight repetitions. This includes exercises where you’re setting a machine weight.
Muscle building is part of a good workout routine and can add a lot of variation to the exercise you do. Consider the tips above for including muscle building in your exercise routine.