To many of us bodybuilding is considered a sport. Whether you want to admit it or not it’s hard to not notice the physique of a bodybuilder. To accomplish this bodybuilders spend a crazy amount of time in the gym and focusing on their diet or nutrition. To many of us gym, diet and nutrition would automatically equal healthy. Right? This may not be true.The insane training that a bodybuilder puts him or herself through taxes the hell out of their bodies. Building muscle mass is short lived. Even though that is the case it has
health benefits that last a long time. As we get older our muscles start to deteriorate.
The more muscle that you build at an earlier age, the more muscle you will be able to
preserve as you age. This will help you function at a higher level and have a better
quality of life. With these benefits there are some draw backs also.
Even though bodybuilding has benefits muscle, strength and bone health, it can be harmful to your health overall. For instance, it has been reported that heavy intense lifting, such as lifting more than your body weight, can put you at risk for tearing muscles. This normally only happens to lift to the extremely heavy weights. But lifting weights in moderation can be beneficial your lungs and your heart. It actually improves
Whether it’s general weightlifting or bodybuilding, they are normally connected with a very strict diet or nutrition regimen. This actually helps a person put on as much lean muscle as possible. The downfall to bodybuilding is that drastically restrict their calorie intake and increase their protein intake. This is normally done while leaving out many vitamins and nutrients that the body needs to function properly. This unhealthy process does not have to be done to compete in bodybuilding. Having a healthy diet that focuses on all vitamins and nutrients needed can help prevent health problems while trying to reach your bodybuilding goals.
Many bodybuilders also develop something called muscle dysmorphia. Muscle dysmorphia is defined as a psychological disorder marked by a negative body image and an obsessive desire to have a muscular physique. Individuals with muscle dysmorphia are preoccupied with not having enough muscle or not being lean enough. With this unhealthy behaviors are developed such as, spending too much time in the gym or attempting do what every it takes(whether healthy or not) to reach a physique goal that will never satisfy them.
Bodybuilding and working out has many benefits to health. But just like with anything else in life, too much of anything may bring negative side effects. When done properly bodybuilding can be beneficial to your health, and boost your confidence. When abused, it can be deadly.