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Big Muscle Bear
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
Not true!: If you do not exercise properly, you can limit range of motion of your joints. But strength is good. Muscle also increases your metabolic rate. Take a look at gymnasts-very large muscles with extreme mobility and flexibility. Gaining muscle should not be a "fetish." i was a competitive weightlifter. I am not enamoured with "bodybuilders.". ...Read more
Daily activities: Make your daily activities more difficult - take the stairs, park further away, bike/ walk to work/ store, sit on a swiss ball/ at your desk and stand up every time you answer the phone, or lunge/ hop/ jump from place to place in your house. Things like these may seem small and silly, but the increased calorie burn can add up over time. Don't forget a healthy diet! ...Read more
Not true: High reps with low weight generally are not that effective. Lifting heavy within reason is more effective in improving strength. You will not get 'big' muscles but you will get stronger. ...Read more
Healthy diet: Make half your meal vegetables and fruits. Go for variety. And keep in mind that potatoes and french fries dont count. choose whole grains & limit refined grains. pick the healthiest sources of protein. Drink lots of water. Stay active. check out http://www.Sparkpeople.Com or http://www.Myfitnesspal.Com. They offers nutrition, health, and fitness tools, support, and resources that are 100% free. ...Read more
Scientific fitness: It's a myth that you have to overeat to get bulk. If you get plenty of protein (1 gm / day / pound of your body weight), and do plenty of cardio, you can keep your definition. A heavy-resistance exercise like a cable pulldown (photo) can add mass to your ab muscles as well. ...Read more
Diet and muscle mass: To gain weight you have to consume more calories than you are burning. Do this in a healthy way though. Don't choose junk or fast food. Keep a well balanced diet and make sure you are getting all the nutrients you need. Don't cut out exercise as it is very good for you. Weight lifting and other muscle building exercises can help you increase your body mass. ...Read more
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