Health & Fitness: Pumping Iron
Bodybuilding is a unique sport. Though there are many speculations surrounding the lifestyle and regimen of practitioners in this sport, it requires great discipline and commitment, in terms of nutrition and diet as well as exercises that are designed to enhance the body's muscular development, says Al Warith Al Harthy, a bodybuilding coach and judge for regional/international events. He lists five reasons for youngsters to take up bodybuilding as a fulfilling sport:
Improves physical health
Engaging in physical activities such as weight training and aerobic exercises provides more chances to reduce and control high blood pressure, obesity and high cholesterol, which eventually decreases the risk of developing coronary heart disease.
Improves mental health
Intense physical activities help release endorphin which influences one's mood. This results in boosting the mind and mental well-being, reduction in stress, anxiety, reduce fatigue and psychological tension.
Like training, diet is a vital part of bodybuilding. Eating the right foods in the appropriate amounts and time provides the body with the nutrients needed. This helps in development of a good physique.
Practitioners develop a routine by scheduling meals, exercises and sleep time to achieve the required goals. With time, one develops a dedication and discipline which impacts both, one's personal and professional life.
Bodybuilding exercises can transform one's physical appearance and elevate one's competitive performance. But be sure to approach these exercises with proper education and attention to safety in order to best meet one's fitness goals.
Bodybuilding is an educational sport. Many have been educated in health and fitness while taking up bodybuilding as a sport as it has become a lifestyle for them. Many certified nutritionists and physiotherapists have emerged from those who took up bodybuilding as a sport.