6 Benefits Of Becoming A Bodybuilder

6 Benefits Of Becoming A Bodybuilder

Bodybuilding is a very unique and individually-focused activity, which like many other athletic endeavors, requires a tremendous amount of work and dedication. Those who decide to do it usually make a list of short-term (and long-term) goals for exercising, healthy eating, and recuperating that they often spend years working on.

Many people say that bodybuilding is more of a lifestyle than anything, because it can involve long periods of time focusing on specific workout routines for building and improving muscle development, losing fat and gaining strength.

There are some basic reasons why anyone, male or female, no matter what age or physical ability level they are currently at, can benefit from doing bodybuilding (strength training) and improve their overall fitness.

Here are 6 ways that bodybuilding can be beneficial:

For Self Confidence

Bodybuilding is an activity that promotes better health through exercise. It can change how a person looks and how they feel. Bodybuilders goals vary depending on how serious they are. Whether they just want to build a little size and strength, or go all out and train for competitions, bodybuilding is a great way to improve a person’s self-confidence. Strength training requires a strong personal commitment and consistent effort in order to produce visible results. The long term results achieved by bodybuilding pros are only accomplished with tons of hard work and a high level of self discipline. These are the necessary qualities of successful bodybuilders who naturally gain self-confidence as they achieve results.

To Become Stronger

Many people have the desire to become physically stronger, but not every person is willing to do what it takes to improve their physical strength. Strength training (using weights and machinery to focus on and increase muscle mass and power) results in a gradual increase of physical ability. Other benefits can include muscle toning, weight loss, improving your heart, giving you better balance, flexibility, and protecting bone health and muscle mass. Many people benefit from strength training who are not bodybuilders, but they do it as part of other training programs, such as training for a triathlon.

Improved Stamina

Strength training makes your body stronger because when you build muscle, you also increase your physical stamina. As you make demands on your body by working out, you stretch your muscles and push your abilities to the max. When you vary the frequency and duration of your training exercises you will find that you can gradually do more as your body builds. Increased stamina is important to bodybuilders and a necessary part of being able to progress toward the goals they have set for themselves. Stamina is usually increased through a combination of circuit training (focusing on upper, middle and lower body muscles) and cardiovascular (aerobic) workouts.

There is some evidence that weight training and exercise in general also improves a person’s genetic pathways which helps to prevent aging, rebuild damaged tissues, and aid in the utilization of oxygen, allowing them to burning energy more efficiently. Better health can also decrease blood pressure and improve heart function.

6 Benefits Of Becoming A Bodybuilder

Increased Energy

Many people who have never worked out, do not realize that exercise, whether it is intense, or even on a mild scale has the natural result of producing more energy. Exercise delivers more oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and improves the way your body functions. Studies show that the more a person works out, or exercises, the higher their overall energy level becomes. More energy is always a plus in life because you can accomplish more of anything outside the gym after you have finished your workout. Increased energy can reduce tension and stress and make a person more productive at work and healthier and happier in their personal lives.

Enhanced Mood

Working out at a gym, or at home requires so much effort that your brain starts to produce more hormones when your body works harder. Your brain tends to react to exercise the same way it reacts to pain, by releasing feel-good hormones. These hormones are Endorphins and are beneficial because they increase feelings of contentment, satisfaction, relaxation and pleasure. Some of the chemicals are testosterone, estroven, dopamine and serotonin. When they are released, they help to block any feelings of discomfort or pain, which allows you to keeping going in times of bodily stress. Some people say that they experience good feelings after working out that stay with them for hours afterward.

Better Mental Power

Working out with weights, accompanied by any other type of aerobic exercise, such as swimming, cycling, or running, is an excellent way to improve your mental power. Studies show that exercise, especially intense workouts are good for your brain. One study at the University of Illinois showed that exercise produces better attention, memory and cognitive functioning. Exercise has been found to make a person’s brain function better by improving mental sharpness. Another study from a researcher in New Zealand, published in Psychophysiology, showed that just 30 minutes of exercise was enough to increase oxygen levels and improve cognitive brain functioning in young adults.

Bodybuilding (strength training) is a great way for anyone to improve their looks, gain self-confidence, become stronger, increase their energy level and stamina, while enjoying better moods and improving their mental capabilities. It’s a win-win situation no matter how far you go with it.

Author Bio:
Karen Bresnahan is a professional writer, photographer and artist from Boise, Idaho. She is a former competitive swimmer, and has enjoyed running, cycling and working out at health clubs for many years. She is a former employee of Bodybuilding.com. Karen is now a small business owner and is currently working on developing a web portfolio of her creative work, which includes Romantic Idaho Weddings, KBLifelines positive quotes, and Idaho Naturals Desertscapes artworks. She enjoys writing about healthy living topics. Her goal is to motivate, educate and inspire others through her writing and photography. You can connect with her through email at [email protected] or on twitter @idaho1111

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