Building and maintaining muscle is very important because the stronger you are the harder you are to kill. Not just by other people, animals and natural disasters but by disease, complications from old age like falling, osteoporosis, high levels of cholesterol and blood pressure.
For Weight Loss
Another reason is the increased calorie needs of the body to maintain muscle mass. At rest muscle burns around 16kcal per Kg and a whole lot more whilst exercising (varies by what exercise you are doing). Thats over 3 times the amount of calories burned at rest than a Kilogram of body fat and many many times more whilst exercising as muscles are used to move the body and fat is just a burden.
If you are looking to lose weight having more muscle helps you burn more calories. Also the type of training needed to build and maintain muscle and strength levels burns more calories in a time efficient manner compared to steady state walking or other low impact forms of exercise.
Being strong and powerful allows you to do all the things in life that are meaningful to you; even if your activity doesn’t necessarily rely on absolute strength it guarantees you will be able to do it for longer and more often. When life throws you a surprise you will be better equipped to handle it as you will be stronger mentally and physically if you have trained for strength previously.
How To Obtain Muscle
Use mechanical tension. Which is moving through an exercise in a controlled manner, always under tension mean always under control.
When squatting most beginners release tension in their gluten and quads dropping them to the bottom of a squat, switching those muscles back on to catch them at the bottom. In 90% of the movement there is no control so increase the chance of injury and at the bottom of the squat the muscles have to work maximally to stop and reverse the movement. This will lead to greater muscle soreness than usual that can be shocking in the beginner and decreased results for building muscle and strength.
Instead beginners should squat with tension on the way down by descending slowly and allowing the whole muscle to be worked.
For building muscle with the squat I recommend a 3 seconds descent (eccentric phase, meaning lengthening muscle contraction), one second pause at the bottom and 1 second to return to standing (concentric phase, meaning muscle shortening contraction)
You can apply this methodology to press ups, lunges and many other exercises and if you would like to know more please send a message through the site.
Move with tension throughout your workout and your day to become stronger, more toned and increase muscle mass. This will increase your quality of life and reduce the chances of developing the following diseases and ailments.
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