Getting a lean body can be tricky if you don’t have the right advice. But with these 10 tips you’ll make your journey easier.
Have you ever thought of working out at home or joining a gym, but always put it off because you were either busy or did not know where to start?
You might think that being serious about building a lean body can be time-consuming and risky, as you have to take supplements. But let me tell you that working to build up a lean body can be a lot more beneficial than you think.
Basically speaking, working towards building a better body can keep your body fit, your mind calm and helps you keep a positive vibe every day.
I know most of us have a busy schedule almost every day and at the end of the day, all we want to do is go home, have dinner and go to bed.
But trust me when I say that once you get used to working out, you will stay fresh no matter how hectic a day gets.
Besides, working out could get very addictive once you see the progress in real time and sure enough, you will start dreading the days where you can’t exercise.
10 Tips To Get A Lean Body
Let’s take a look at a few of the tips that could help you on your journey to get a lean body.
1. Set And Follow Milestones
Nothing is worth doing if there isn’t any purpose to it.
Setting workout milestones or goals as you start working out gives you a proper motivation to do it every day. Or at least till you get through the starting phase, where you feel like quitting every single day.
Set milestones like 100 pushups by the end of the week or 50 pull-ups in 5 days and you will do everything you can to achieve that goal.
Once you beat one milestone, set a new, more challenging one so that you don’t start taking it easy on yourself as soon as you achieve the first one.
The sense of accomplishment you get after every milestone is absolutely great and will help you stay motivated for the rest of your life.
2. Keep It Real
Sure, taking mass gaining supplements and protein bars can give you that extra buff you need, but try to consume the required proteins, carbs and fat by eating actual food.
You can go for cheese, soy milk, eggs, and meat to get all the aforementioned nutrition.
Try to avoid eating a lot of red meat as it can have a heavy impact on your heart. (1)
3. Too Much Is Too Bad
When you start working out a lot, you will most definitely end up feeling hungry quite often. Actually, this feeling is more of your body needing more water than food.
So I suggest not eating a lot since it ruins the balance of your diet and may lose some of the body shape that you have been trying so hard to get into.
4. It’s All About The Routine
If you do not have a healthy and scheduled routine, then the more you work out the more diminishing returns you will get.
Working out on time and eating on time could greatly benefit your body by helping it get used to the routine.
If you keep shifting your schedule around then your body might never get completely used to all the activities and you may end up feeling tired all the time.
5. Balance Your Cardio Workouts
A lot of people who are into building bodies and getting buff completely tend to ignore cardio. The end result of this is a good torso with a skinny pair of legs. This is not only a major turn off, but also very unhealthy.
But on the flip side, if you end up focusing only on cardio, then you might end up losing the buff look that you always wanted.
So ask your trainer for a good balance and work accordingly.
Consuming limited quantity of supplements or controlled supplements can give you a bit of an edge when it comes to buffing up your body.
Some supplements can help you keep your appetite in check and other protein supplements could give that extra energy.
Just make sure you don’t go overboard as they could damage your kidneys and liver.
7. Don’t Neglect Your Sleep
Since proteins synthesize the most when your body is at rest, at least eight hours of sleep is required for your body to get buff in all the right places.
Not only that, but the minor injuries and small muscle damage that you get from working out will completely be healed when you get proper sleep. This will allow your body to continue working without feeling fatigued.
8. Don’t Hesitate To Lift More
Like I mentioned before, it should never get to a point where working out becomes way too easy. Challenge yourself by lifting heavier weights and increasing the speed of your rep.
Even though you’re happy with the body mass you have gained, you will still need to remain fit for as long as possible.
This will keep you in good shape and prevent getting all the problems that come with aging.
9. Drink Water
As simple as this sounds, a lot of people neglect drinking enough water. Dehydration is a major problem that your body can go through if you neglect drinking water. (3)
You might start feeling nauseous, get headaches and even confuse dehydration with hunger and cause you to unnecessarily eat more.
Make sure you drink at least two liters of water every day!
10. Know Your Limit
Like everything else in this world, working out also has a limit depending on how fit you are. You should never push yourself beyond your limit.
That’s because a few extra minutes could cause you to burn out and miss out on a couple of days of working out due to all the fatigue.
These were few of the most important tips to get a lean body and stay fit. Follow all of these tips and you will soon see yourself getting in shape.