Probably you´ve heard many people talk about losing weight but how many people have you heard talk about improving body composition?
Weight loss is a very common goal but it´s not correct, we think that we need to exercise for one hour or more 5 to 6 days a week and finish each workout drenched in sweat, so tired and wake up the next morning sore plus we need to eliminate all foods we love and eat chicken, broccoli and white rice… boiled, over and over.
This is how must weight loss program are designed, to help us lose as much weight as possible as fast as possible but this is not the right or healthiest way to do it, it actually cause a lot of health problems which is why it is so hard to sustain our results.
Most of us when we decided to lose weight we did it because of health issues, maybe we don´t feel good about our body and the way we look or people made fun of us. In any case the goal is to get in the our best shape, sustain it and be healthier; not precisely lose weight.
Improving body composition most be the primarily goal in fitness. Body composition means that we have the optimal amount of muscle mass and the optimal amount of body fat, the numbers of what is optimal varies from person to person according to our height, age, sex, etc; and also the type of physique we want to achieve.
Our goal is to get a physique that looks great with the right proportion of muscle mass and body fat but also we want to focus on health, it´s not only about looking great physically is also about feeling great so that we can perform great in all our daily activities, health is a priority.
Improving body composition means that we´ll be losing body fat and increasing muscle mass. In some cases, especially in people who is out of shape is possible to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time. In other cases it´s harder to do it but it can be done, in this cases it is better to focus on losing fat while maintaining muscle mass first and then gain muscle while staying lean.
The benefits of improving body composition are to stay in a healthy weight with the right proportion of muscle and fat to look lean, toned, muscular and athletic.
We all know that obesity and overweight are dangerous but excess weight whether it´s body fat or muscle tissue is unhealthy and can cause health problems, with excess weight our body needs to work harder for even the normal functions to keep us alive, it takes a lot more effort for our body to pump blood and oxygen throughout the body this are some of the negative effects.
Improving body composition is key to getting in amazing shape and sustain our results, if we do it the right way it´s easy to maintain. We don´t want to lose weight, we want to lose fat and maintain or build lean muscle mass so we need to train the right way to give out body the stimulus it needs for muscle growth or to maintain muscle but this doesn´t mean that we´re going to get big it will build a lean and toned physique which looks great otherwise we´ll end up being skinny which doesn´t look sexy or attractive.
Cardiovascular and resistance training are both important for health and to improve body composition, we´ll see in later posts how we can use them to achieve our goals and the benefits of both.
If our goal is to get in shape or build and amazing physique, live healthy so that we can live our best life possible we don´t need to overcomplicate things, by keeping everything simple and stick with the basics we´ll get amazing results, if you want to compete in any sport then we need to pay more attention to all 5 principles of fitness and adjust them to fit your goal and your life.
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