Lean And Mean: Repairing Your Body With A Little Help

For health and fitness enthusiasts, we all know what it’s like to have a good workout. In fact, it’s quite easy to notice when you do as your body will ache. This is why so many people don’t have the stomach to go to the gym because, in order to get stronger and fitter, the body has to go through a little pain to make the gain. When you’re lifting weights what you’re doing is tearing your muscle fibers on a miniature but widespread scale. And even when you’re just doing cardiovascular exercise your body is mashing up the fat surrounding your muscles. One way or another you’re going to feel discomfort. As most people know if you keep at it your body will learn to recover. But everyone can use a little extra help to heal the aching muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. This is especially vital if you intend to increase the intensity level of your workouts in future.

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Glorious meats and fish

It’s almost like scripture knowing that your body needs protein to build and maintain muscle. Although this is ingrained in our minds since we’re young, we often don’t realise just how much we need. The general practice is to make sure you have 0.5-0.8g of protein per kilogram of bodyweight. This ensures your body has the material ready to use and start rebuilding and making, even more, muscle tissue than before your workout. The best protein to intake is through food. The leanest and meanest of the protein-rich meats is beef. Beef is a dense meat and offers a plethora of minerals and vitamins. If red meat isn’t your thing, you should look to eat fish as this is perhaps the leanest of all protein sources. Chicken is great too but the water content fools you into think you’re full too early leading to not getting enough protein. Balance is the key to a protein-focussed diet.

Supplements in moderation

Supplements aren’t the miracle cure some advertisements would have you believe. Although there’s no denying that they do help. If your body is in a dormant state and you either can’t seem to find the energy to go to the gym or simply feel like your body has gotten used to the workouts you’re doing, a little extra boost can help. There’s always been a fine line of what is and isn’t permissible, and even if that line gets moved around the guidelines are clear. You can take supplements that are legal but have similar effects to what might be determined bulking supplements. However, taken in moderation and used responsibly they aid in building muscle mass and rejuvenating the chemicals that get the nerves and muscles energized. One beneficial side effect is these kinds of supplements also burn fat, which is helpful for those places where it just won’t fall off.

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Repairing the body while you’re living a lifestyle of strength and body improvement is the key to seeing continuous growth. Of course, any expert personal trainer will tell you that don’t slouch on your meals and make sure your main source of protein is through lean meats and fish. However, to get out of a rut where your body will no longer respond to your workout routine, supplements can aid you.

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70 thoughts on “Lean And Mean: Repairing Your Body With A Little Help

  1. Excellent post, and don’t forget all that amazing protein from lentils, beans, chick peas, other peas, all vegys, all fruits, oats, pumpkin seeds, all seeds, hemp hearts, etc. And these foods don’t contain cholesterol or saturated fats, so you can eat ALL you want! In fact, I lost 25 lbs on this plant based diet I am on! And I feel clean and healthy and have lots of energy!

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  2. Love this. I went on a clean eating, no alcohol kick in December 2016. I lost a bunch of weight and felt awesome enough to kick up my training. I then decided, for reasons that are ridiculous, to start to take heaps of Vitamins. let’s just say my next blood test showed my Liver was having some “Anomalies”. There’s a word you don’t want to hear from your doctor when discussing a vital organ. 12 weeks off the vitamins and drinking more water and eating clean, liver is recovered.
    if you eat right, you do not need vitamins unless or course your Dr says you do and then you do, as I am not a Dr…
    mel x

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  3. Thanks for sharing these tips and insights, Ula! 🙂 From my own experience, I have found that the supplement, MSM (taken in powder form), helps a great deal with healing and recovery. I have also discovered that it has to be taken a little at a time and gradually increased or else it can can cause some slight nausea. A spoonful in the morning with a full glass of water on an empty stomach seems to work for me! If you’re interested, you can learn more about MSM from this article: https://draxe.com/msm-supplement/. 😉

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