What happens after you leave the gym?
There is a lot of talk about what people should do when they are in the gym, but usually not a lot of conversations deal with what happens after your workout. Yes, the workout is a very important part of being fit and getting ripped but it is not the only piece of the puzzle.
Why you need to go lift some weights
Firstly let us talk about why the workout is important. It is important in order to burn calories, increase metabolism, to break down your muscle (previously weak muscle) so that it will get repaired and grow back bigger and stronger. So without the gym part you pretty much will not make any muscle gains if you just do the other things I am about to mention but without what I am about share with you, you would be pretty much wasting your time in the gym although there are exceptions to every rule.
|WORKOUT, EAT, SLEEP|
So I am done lifting what now
The lifting weights part was just the beginning and the break down phase, your muscles do not grow in the gym, you go to the gym to destroy those weak small muscles so that they grow back stronger as I mentioned above, but how do we make sure we recover well and grow bigger stronger muscles? This is where you nutrition comes in, this is where your rest comes in, this is where sleep comes in.
There are guys out there who can get away with eating whatever they want and they are still ripped but they are in the minority, but also just imagine what their physiques would look like if they actually gave a damn about eating properly (Greek god statue equivalent, right?). Most of us have average genetics and it takes a lot of effort to get really ripped, so the easiest way for us to get ripped bodies like the Spartans is to eat a clean and healthy balanced diet, this need not be difficult. It is just about having an adequate amount of all micronutrients and macronutrients, but others take it even further by adjusting their diets to have more macronutrients than others such as limiting their carbohydrate intake and increasing their protein intake, whilst choosing to have a selected type of fat in their diet. Bodybuilders are known to use carb cycling to manipulate their bodies into getting shredded. I for one am not a bodybuilder, so I eat fairly balanced meals with all macronutrients but on workout days I have more carbohydrates than on non workouts days, I also tend to eat less on non workout days. The reason nutrition is important is because eating supplies the fuel for your body to function, it provides the energy for you to work out and also provides the nutrients needed to help repair your body (muscle), and to help your body grow bigger and stronger so that it can in future handle the stress/load of the weights you were lifting.
Rest and sleep
Over training has a negative effect on muscles, so growth is limited when you over train, resting gives your body the time it needs to recover. That is why it is not wise to train the same body part every day; because it will not have enough time to recover hence growth will be affected. When you are out of the gym it is best to find other ways of keeping yourself occupied, possibly doing things that do not take away all the effort you put in the gym for example it is a bad idea to work out and drink a lot of beer the whole weekend after that when you are supposed to be resting, that is counterproductive and bad for your health. You should find good forms of entertainment such as getting some mental exercise by reading a book, meditating, playing board games or whatever you like to do that does not throw all your hard work away.
Another very important part of your rest time is sleep time; your sleep cycle affects your bodies’ hormonal cycle as well so it is best to have a consistent sleeping cycle with at least 7 to 8 hours of undisturbed sleep. Besides affecting your hormones that make you grow muscle or lose muscle, proper sleep affects your wakefulness and thus affects your whole day which could end up affecting your workouts because you will not be feeling a 100% come gym time.
Fitness is not a burden, it is a life style and once you get used to it and it becomes a habit, it is pretty hard to look back, so work hard, eat smart and get yourself some well deserved rest.