Whether you desire to be sculpted like the iconic statue of Michelangelo’s David, beautifully toned like a fitness model in a magazine or to simply have a trim, healthy physique, achieving this favourable goal comes with some hard work… and shall I even say, a little blood, sweat and tears!
Here’s the raw deal about attaining that very achievable goal; you have to build MUSCLE. It will not only magnificently sculpt that sought after bod, but it’s super important for so many bodily functions. (And a little note to my ladies, you won’t bulk up like Hercules. It would take years of heavy training, strict dieting and supplementation).
So, why is building muscle important you ask? Below are FIVE great reasons to get your muscles pumped up and ready to take center stage!
1. Burning Machine
Muscle burns fat. Yep, it is true; muscle does increase the number of calories you burn, as the human body works harder to maintain a pound of muscle, than it does a pound of fat. So the good news is your body can be transformed into a revved up burning machine; one that boosts your metabolism and burns calories throughout the day. If you’re looking to shed some pounds or even maintain your current weight, muscle is indeed what you want sticking to your bones. Lookout stubborn fat; muscle is taking you down!
2. Good To The Bone
Including strength training as part of your exercise regimen is a wise choice at best, as it can help build bone density. In order to maximize its density, bones need to be stimulated with resistance; hence, weight bearing exercises to build muscle. Many people often refrain from activity and/or resistance training due to pain associated with joint or bone related issues. However, increasing muscle mass may ease the pain associated with arthritis, and like aliments, and reduce the risk of bone fractures. Strong muscles = strong bones!
With muscle comes strength. With strength comes development of stronger ligaments and tendons. Tendons attach muscle to bone; ligaments connect bones to bones at a joint – knees, elbows, etc., so building up its strength is crucial. Once muscles, tendons and ligaments live in a healthy, formidable union, it may help to decrease risk of injury, improve motor performance and make you a much STRONGER man or woman!
It’s amazing what a little muscle development can do for your mood….. E-N-D-O-R-P-H-I-N-S! Yes, the sweet 10-letter word is all the craze, especially when you can feel it. Strength training has been shown to produce those desirable endorphins, hence, boosting energy levels and moods, aiding in a restful night’s sleep and improving overall quality of life. So now, who doesn’t want a little lean meat on their bones??
5. Got It, Flaunt It
Now that you’ve built some muscle (or on the bandwagon to doing so), your toned, fit body will eventually want to flaunt it, cause your mind will be saying, “damn, I look and feel good!”. There’s something truly magical that happens when you can see the results of your hard labour. Your self-confidence soars and you JUST – FEEL – GOOD. You start to see yourself in a different light, believing that you are capable of achieving anything you set your mind to (and of course you can!). You will start to love, praise and believe in yourself just a little more and driven to be an inspirational force to those around you. There is definitely a great power when you can transform your body and pave the way for your mind to follow suit.