There are theories on theories when it comes to exercise and the what and when of working out. Some people say to work out a little bit every day while others say that you need the rest day in between workout days. There are also theories of which muscles you should work on which day and how you should best pair those muscles for maximum results. There is truth to each of the theories and to clear it all up, here are the top theories and how you can maximize your results by utilizing the truth in all of them.
- The Keto Diet
If you haven’t heard of the Keto diet yet then you’re in for a treat. It’s an effective low carb diet that has been shown to cut the fat and give you an incredibly lean body. Keto is short for a ketogenic diet which means that the purpose of the diet is to force or body into an enhanced metabolic state where your body burns the fat instead of working through the sugars first. It’s important to note that you have to be careful while on a keto diet. You have to make sure that you’re getting the right balance of foods that your body needs to survive. Listen to professionals and ask them the right way to start a keto diet. There are starter kits and websites that explain the process and plan in full detail to further help you hit your fines goals.
- Heavy Lifting and Bulking
This is a common myth that circulates in the gym. You walk in and you see the heavy lifting “bros” in their tight shirts and assume that the weights their lifting is the direct cause of their muscles. The myth is partially true but also partially false. The truth is that heavy lifting encourages muscle growth and increases calorie burn. For women, the result will not be bulk but actually lean muscles. By lifting heavy weights, you will burn twice as many calories as someone who isn’t which promotes fat loss. It then tones and strengthens the muscles. A female body is composed of a different balance of hormones than a man, so unless you’re trying to get the bulk through supplements and diet, you won’t.
- The Truth About Working Out Every Day
There’s a long-standing myth that says you shouldn’t workout every day. And there is a partial truth to that. You should definitely give yourself at least a day or two of full body rest every week. Your body is meant for exercise and there’s no reason as to why it can’t work out every day–as long as you’re not working the exact same muscle with the exact same exercise. If you want to workout every day, a simple solution is to alternate the muscles that you plan to work. One day, focus on legs and then when your legs are sore the next day give them a break by doing an upper body workout. That way you’re not over-stressing your muscles while still getting in your workout. Barbara A Bushman, a professor of kinesiology simple says that rest should be a part of your workout, not an alternative to it. You can take breaks during the workout or by working one muscle group at a time, but there’s no need to take full days off if you don’t want to.
- Lean and Cut on a Plant-Based Diet
The first thing you think when you consider a plant-based diet is probably not muscles. What may surprise you though is that hundreds of top athletes are making the switch to vegan and vegetarian. Even football players in the NFL are going plant-based which all started with Tom Brady when he made the switch. It’s surprisingly simple to get all the protein and other nutrients that a person needs as a vegan. Nuts and beans can have more protein than a non-vegan meal and you’re getting twice to nutrients on the diet as well. You’re able to more effectively feed your body and you’re allowing it to thrive by giving it more energy and necessary vitamins.
The most important aspect of being healthy is making sure that you feel good while doing it. Just because you can workout every day doesn’t mean that you should if it doesn’t fit in your schedule or if you just want to take that break to focus on other aspects of your life. There’s no reason to be obsessive over fitness as long as you are fit.