Gaining Muscle

Gaining Muscle

Take this pill! Try this workout routine! Join this gym!

There are so many messages we receive daily on the best way to get fit - some of them great and some of them utterly ridiculous.

There are tried and true ways to build muscle and these tenets have been proven over time:

1. Strength training: Lift weights! Make sure you progressively increase the weight or reps over time to challenge your muscles. Send a "muscle-building" signal to your body by prioritizing strength training. Cardio is fine, but too much is catabolic (it breaks down muscle). 

2. Eating a high-protein diet: Protein is essential for muscle growth. Aim to consume 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight each day.

3. Getting enough rest: Your muscles need time to recover and rebuild after a workout, so it's important to get enough rest. Make sure to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. And take rest days.

4. Staying hydrated: Drinking enough water - and electrolytes - is important for muscle growth and recovery.

5. Taking creatine: it’s the most-studied and effective supplement for gaining muscle and improving performance. 

One big point: you have to be consistent in all of the above to see results.

It doesn’t happen overnight - it’s slower to gain muscle than it is to lose it. BUT, once you get there, if you remain consistent, it’s easy to keep muscle on.

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