Most bodybuilders would scoff at the notion that they are not physically fit. There’s a good reason for this. Many of them do their exercises properly, follow good nutrition routines most of the time, and even though they are seldom the ideal weight for their size and gender, they have very little body fat. Even though these amateurs and professionals take good care of most of their muscles, there is one muscle they neglect. This muscle, the heart, is one of the most important organs in the body. Cardiovascular health must be maintained as an important part of bodybuilding fitness.
Make Sure to Work Cardio Exercises In To Your Workout
Many bodybuilders hate doing cardio. They see it as a detriment to their overall goals. However, there is one reason to do it that fits into their scheme of having the strongest muscles possible. The heart, like every other muscle in the body becomes more efficient when it is used regularly. Working on all of the other muscles and ignoring the heart can cause the heart to work much harder to supprt the extra muscle mass. Failing to do aerobic exercises as part of a workout team can have long-term consequences, especially for people on high protein, high cholesterol diets.
Does It have to Be Done Every Day?
Every body builder understands the tedious and repetitive nature of exercises that improve heart function. Sitting on a bicycle or a treadmill isn’t as exciting as seeing if you can lift more weight today. However, there is good news. These exercises only have to be done twice a week. Two days can be taken as rest days, and the other days can be used for a normal weight lifting routine. If a doctor instructs the individual to focus on cardio, he may switch to three days on the elliptical machine until he is told otherwise.
Aren’t Dietary Changes Good Enough?
No doctor is going to tell a body builder not to switch to lean protein sources, such as white meat or fish. Through proper supplementation, he may get the same results he was getting from better sources of protein, such as egg yolks. Even though this switch is a good idea, it is simply not enough. Medical professionals stress that the heart is a muscle. Even trainers tell their clients that the organ that pumps blood needs to be worked as well. Even people who regularly lift weights notice an increase an energy as long as they are doing their routine properly. As they already know, the key to getting the most out of any exercise routine is to stick with it. The benefits gained are lost if someone gets off track for more than a few days.