Mistake That Can Take Muscle Gains Away
If youre trying to gain muscle mass and quickly at that, theres one teeny tiny mistake you can be doing right now that can literally zap your hard earned muscle gains into thin air.
Whats this teeny tiny yet commonly seen mistake called one word Cardio, but to be more specific Excessive Cardiovascular Activity. Now dont get me wrong cardio has its place and should definitely be in your workout routine whether youre trying to gain muscle mass or not.
Before I tell you why you should limit your cardiovascular activity, let me tell you why you need cardio.
One of the major benefits of Cardio (Cardiovascular activity) is that it helps build a stronger heart, which is extremely important when youre putting your body through strenuous activity like weight training to gain muscle mass for example. Cardio also helps prevent heart disease and several other serious and potentially fatal heart related issues.
Now with that said, heres why you want to stay as far away from excessive cardiovascular activity as possible.
By excessive cardiovascular activity, Im referring to activities like long distance running, swimming, cycling – basically anything thatll raise your heart rate for long periods of time.
And its simply because cardio especially excessive cardio like running, cycling and swimming for long periods of time (anywhere from an hour and up) youre going to burn way too many valuable calories. And when youre trying to gain muscle mass, calories are extremely important.
Why? Because calories is basically fuel for the body.
Now take a guess at what happens when your body starts to run out of calories to burn (low on fuel) because you burned it all up doing excessive cardio. It starts to break down the protein in your body for energy. And do you know where most of the protein in your body is found the same muscles youre trying to gain muscle mass with.
So basically if youre constantly performing excessive cardio and you dont consistently replenish the calories youve just burned, your body will eventually break down the protein found in your muscles (basically eat away at your muscles) as its source of energy. And thereby zapping your hard earned muscle gains into thin air.
So if youre trying to gain muscle mass try to stay away from excessive cardiovascular activity like running, swimming, basically anything that’ll push your heart rate up for extended periods of time. But if for some reason you have to (maybe youre on a sports team of some sort for example) make sure you intake the amount of calories you burn and then some. Simply to make sure your body doesnt try to eat away at your muscle mass that you worked hard for as its new source of energy.
So remember when youre trying to gain muscle mass,excessive cardiovascular activity is not your friend.