If you don’t train your muscles and make them work, you will essentially lose them. In their place will be fat. You’ll lose strength, flexibility, coordination and many other benefits that muscles provide.
To get the most out of your exercise routine, we recommend that you regularly work out various parts of your body during different routines. This is instead of working all parts at one time. Here’s why
When you do strength training, it leads to these tiny tears in your muscle fibers. Those torn areas make room for new muscle tissue to grow. However, unlike a science fiction movie, it actually takes some time for your body to grow this new muscle tissue.
That’s the first reason why you shouldn’t work the same muscles two days in a row. Switching off muscle groups allows the new muscle to grow in that area while you repeat the process in another area. Giving your muscles at least 24 hours of rest helps. However, if you are really sore, you may want to wait another day to give them more recovery time.
One approach is to do an upper-body and lower-body split into your workout routine. The upper body includes doing things like pushups, pull-ups, bench presses, and biceps and triceps curls. Then, you can do the lower body on a different day by doing things like calf raises, lunges, and squats.
As a personal trainer, I have numerous other approaches that are more customized to each of my clients. These routines do follow a similar process but I may break it down further to only do arms or legs and then back and abdominals.
Don’t forget to also include cardio as part of your workout routine. It’s important to get a certain amount in each week. I either suggest doing this alongside the muscle-building workouts or on alternate days when your muscles are resting from the other workout. It’s also a good way to ensure you don’t get bored with what you are doing each week.
Lastly, although I enjoy working out daily, I always want to note it’s important to not overtrain and push yourself so hard that you end up with muscle or joint pain or other issues. Always train hard but don’t do it to the point your body gives out. This is another reason that working with a personal trainer can ensure you do enough but don’t overextend your body. After all, you don’t want to get an injury and then have to take an extended time off.
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