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A Well-Rested Body Leads to Muscle Building Shortcuts

Sep 12, 2008
spending hours and hours on doing your routine can be driven by your desire to achieve the body that you have been dreaming about. However, you should be aware that getting there does not mean all work. You have to maintain recovery time every time you do workout. The recommended hours of recovery time is approximately 8 to 10 hours sleep each night. But when we talk about sleep, we mean quality sleep. There are actually sleep stages that one must reach so the body achieves quality rest. Remember that sleep cannot be stored or saved for later. The importance of keeping the body well rested amplifies when he is trying to gain muscle mass for it is in this period that the muscle building hormones work at their peak.

Aside from feeling refreshed and relieved from all the workout routines, keeping the body well rested has its advantages. Did you know that when you body is at its sleeping phase, the muscles that were torn and broken while you were doing your exercise is repaired? During deep sleep, the body actually builds bigger and stronger muscles, keeping your body up for more killer reps of workout. What's great about this period is that it uses fat, your body's stored fat, to repair muscles. Hence, rest periods allow your body to consume and burn fat while building some real muscles.

Since all training programs starts from light to failure points of intensities, allowing your body the privilege of rest periods improves its muscle recovery rate. This means that getting the recommended time of rest pauses at every routine helps increase the body or the muscle's capacity to bear with the increasing load of your routine. This way, the muscle increases the rate on which it regains its energy and strength, deriving energy from muscle contraction which also happens during rest periods.

It is okay to be committed to your program. However, it does not necessarily mean that overdoing it allows you to build muscles faster. That is not exactly the case. Overtraining poses serious health risks as it subjects the body in an overwhelming load of physical activities. It is very dangerous for it causes the body to incur damage at rates faster than how it recovers. For instance, when training with weights, initiating small tears on the developed muscle tissues is good for it teaches the body to build stronger muscles. However, lack of rest affects the manner by which the body rebuilds and repairs muscle tissues. Hence, doing trainings beyond your body's repair capabilities does more harm than good.

Building muscles takes more discipline and effort to attain. The truth is, it takes more than diet and killer routines to sculpting your body into its ripped look. When you are already convinced that building muscles is all doing routines, strict diet and routine changes, you are perhaps overlooking the most important part of the process of building muscles. That is, getting rest. Allowing your body to get sufficient rest is crucial to speeding up the rate on which you safely develop or gains muscle mass. In every impressive physique that you see in the gym is a person who knows well the important of getting enough rest. Putting so much effort into doing killer reps of training routines till failure is good, but don't forget to take time to rest for it is at this period that the muscle breathes, relaxes and builds.
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