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Bodybuilding Enthusiasts - Are You At Risk With These Social Habits?

Apr 8, 2008
Enhancing your bodybuilding success can be approached from a negative standpoint as they can lay the foundation for positive growth. For many years, I have been employed as a medical transcriber. Time and time again, doctors advise patients to abstain from certain habits in order to be healthy. Likewise, there are social habits that you should refrain from if you want to be healthy and achieve bodybuilding success. The following "THOU SHALT NOTS" sound simple, but the truth is that many bodybuilders lack the stamina and willpower to abide by them. Are you at risk?

1. THOU SHALT NOT SMOKE

Compliance with this seems to be the hardest for many people to achieve. My favorite approach to smoking cessation is the advice I have heard many times given to patients from Joel H. Rainer, M.D., F.A.C.C. of the Heart Health Center in Florence, Alabama. He strongly urges patients to "stop smoking immediately, completely, and permanently."

Another option is prescription smoking cessation aids. One of the newer treatments is called "Chantix" which is a nicotinic Acetylcholine receptor agonist, and is marketed by Pfizer. This is in tablet form, but there are other treatments listed in the current Physician's Desk Reference Monthly Prescribing Guide in the form of patch or injection.

2. THOU SHALT NOT IMBIBE ALCOHOL TO EXCESS

The number that alcohol can do on your liver's ability to function is one thing, but it also can have a devastating effect on your brain cells and your sexual performance. On top of that, it can make you look like a real clod on the social scene...and potentially get you in trouble with the law. When I used to work at the YMCA, a fellow employee of mine was in charge of assigning tasks to people on community service release for DUI violations. They were punished with having to do yucky chores like cleaning public toilets. If you must drink, have a hemp protein shake or some Gatorade.

3. THOU SHALT NOT USE STEROIDS

The cosmetic benefits achieved are fake and will soon fade. To use these substances is a waste of time and money. It will get you de-medaled from the Olympics. It will shrink your testicles and can ruin your life. The human body was not made to use anabolic steroids. The human body was made to do natural bodybuilding.

4. THOU SHALT NOT OVER-SALT THY FOOD

This may cause fluid retention (edema), and will prevent that "ripped" and "cut" appearance.

5. THOU SHALT NOT CURSE OR SWEAR IN THE GYM

Use of profanity is a telltale sign of an illiterate who has not adequate vocabulary to express himself forcefully. A foul mouth on a chiseled physique is like bird faeces on a new tuxedo!

6. THOU SHALT NOT BELITTLE OTHERS WHO ARE DOING THEIR BEST

Blowing out another man's candle won't make yours shine any brighter. Don't use your size and strength to intimidate other people unless you are protecting someone from a bully. I once saw a big muscular guy in a tank top in an ice cream parlor leaning all over the counter to flex his triceps. While doing so, he was being needlessly indecisive about requesting a flavor of ice cream, frustrating the elderly gentleman clerk almost to the point of harassment. People like that do not deserve respect in the gym or in society.

7. THOU SHALT NOT FORGET THAT HUMILITY IS GREATNESS

If you are bigger and stronger, you should be thankful and helpful. A man blessed with a healthy body must remember that in many places people are starving for lack of nutrition, dying from disease, or unable to better themselves because of living in an impoverished place or because of persecution from a government.

8. THOU SHALT NOT FORGET THE BREVITY OF LIFE

I saw a bodybuilding movie many years ago entitled "Stay Hungry." In one scene, a man asked another guy, "What happens to bodybuilders when they get old?" The tart reply has remained with me to this day. The guy said matter-of-factly: "They die."

Copyright 2008, Masszymes Inc. All rights reserved.
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