Science proves that the best way to build strength is through weight training. But that’s old news. Since the days of Jack Lalanne , Joe Weider, and Arnold Schwarzenegger bodybuilders have been lifting weights to get big and ripped. However, since then science has taught us a lot about what works, what doesn’t, and most importantly, what works BEST.
A few of the findings:
Resistance training is essential to bone and muscle health.
This means that jogging alone won’t cut it. You need to put stress on your bones and muscles to get the kind of recuperative response that leads to improved bone density and muscle growth. Read more.
High intensity interval training (HIIT) is the most effective and efficient form of training.
Gone is the notion that long, grueling workouts are needed to promote fat burning, muscle growth and improved strength and endurance. 20 minutes and even 10 minute workouts are proven to be effective in creating that lean physique you’re looking for. Read more.
Diet is essential to maximize fat loss and muscle gains.
Nutrition, primarily from plants, is essential to good health overall, and lean, muscular physiques are achieved by eating the right stuff. Read more.
Daily workouts are best for fast muscle gains and fat loss.
The anxiety over overtraining is unnecessary. Given the proper nutrition and rest, daily workouts are THE BEST way to obtain a lean, muscular physique. Read more.
Stress is a necessary component of maintaining good health.
Yep – that’s right. But I don’t mean the grinding, low-level, insidious stress that comes from mundane daily activities like driving, or worrying about your bills, or dealing with your boss. I’m talking about the constructive kind of stress without which your body cannot build and re-build itself. Read more.
Mental health, the health of your brain improves with physical activity.
It turns out that there’s a direct connection between the health of your brain and your level of physical activity. To quote Heidi Godman, executive editor of the Harvard Health Letter, “exercise changes the brain in ways that protect memory and thinking skills.” (Read the whole article) Read more.
Variety is the spice of life. Essential to continuous improvements in all aspects of your health, a varied workout regimen is key. Just like you wouldn’t do the same thing over and over again and expect to get a different result, you have to vary your workouts, and your training programs in order to keep improving your physical and mental well-being.