For any individual looking to improve their fitness routine or bulk up more muscle, lifting weights is a no brainer. No matter what your level of experience, everyone knows how to grab a few dumbbells and get lifting. But what’s going to take your gains to the next level? How are you going to gain muscle, and most importantly keep that muscle.
Supplement Your Exercise
Once you find your routine and it begins working for you, don’t stop! One of the most common mistakes you can make is lacking consistency. Results come with repetition, and your muscles will remember. Set aside a rest day but otherwise, stick to a set schedule. By repeating your routine you will not only become more familiar with it and improve over time, but it will also become an incredible foundation for you to grow from. Think of your routine and repeating it each day as filling in the step-by-step guide for you starting your journey to you reaching your end goals.
Start Intermittent Fasting
You are what you eat – and when you eat. If you’ve already improved your overall diet and are still noticing that you’re not progressing, it might be time to implement an eating window. Intermittent fasting is not as intense or scary as it sounds. You simply eat within an 8-hour window and fast for the remaining 16 hours (most of which you’ll be sleeping for). Sticking to this pattern allows your digestive system to fully process everything and reset properly. You’ll also notice how late-night snacks tend to be the number one culprit for unwanted weight gain. Intermittent fasting will also instill discipline that will complement your consistent workout routine.
Gaining muscle or bulking up isn’t always an easy task. The good news is you now know there are things you can do to make that task less difficult. Your workout plan should always include your overall health – inside and out. Individualize your plan and don’t ever give up!