I want to look ripped but I have heard that body-building causes problems in a long-term; is there any reality to this? I am confused; who to believe?
I am sure, many of us have these kinds of dilemmas in our mind that are preventing us from taking the decision of joining the gym or not. Well, it’s always smart to do a research before taking any step but when the whole body and a long-term health is at stake then you must do some homework.
We are here to resolve your ambiguity; after reading this article you’ll be able to know the exact effects of doing bodybuilding in a long-term and eventually you can take the decision- whether to go for the gymnasium or not.
In this post, we are going to explain the repercussions of power-lifting in a chronological way i.e. is it necessary to even go to the gym or not, if necessary then are there any negative outcomes of it, and possible solutions if there is any adverse consequence.
Is it even necessary to go to the gym?
Hmm, this a billion-dollar question because the answer can defeat the whole purpose of thriving fitness centers and gyms. Look, nobody can deny the essentiality of being fit in the 21st century; now it’s on you to perform the exercises in your home or in the gymnasium.
Now, some studies are in favor of gyms as they are more motivating than working at home because of their ambiance, availability of trainers & equipment, and sometimes opposite sex (if it’s coed). So if you are motivated enough to perform the exercises at home only then it’s not necessary to move to the gym.
Are there any side-effects of bodybuilding?
So now when we have cleared the doubt of going to the fitness center, let’s check whether ripping the body is healthy or not?
The answer to this is more on the affirmative side. Let me explain why? If bodybuilding exercises are done in the proper way then there are no side effects but if even one single mistake is committed and prolonged then it’ll have a negative effect on a long-term.
So what happens if bodybuilding is not done in its prescribed way?
Risk of Overuse Injuries
This is the most common by-product of the natural bodybuilding, on a long-term it puts a significant amount of strain on the joints, especially when you lift enough to induce hypertrophy (enlarging organs or tissue).
Many of the teens, under the age of 16, often got inspired by the celebrities and indulge themselves in pumping extra weights at the gymnasium, not knowing the serious health complications and long-lasting consequences of it.
So what are they?
As we all know, at the teenage, the body is still growing and excess of iron-lifting can be detrimental to the skeleton frame. Not only this, lack of proper diet while gyming can cause weight loss or can hinder the overall growth if not- teen’s height will stop increasing.
The heart is the most important organ as it pumps clean blood to different parts of the body and if we believe in the study published in “Cardiology” in the year 2006, lifting more than half of the body weight can put this sensitive organ at risk.
Not only this…
Experts of this research have connected the power-lifting to the vulnerability of human’s aorta (the large valve via which blood exits the heart). In addition to this, it has been found that 10 out of 31 individuals eventually died as a result of torn aorta from heavy lifting.
Supplements are also the part of bodybuilding process but its usage without prescription can cause heart and muscular problems. To add more to the problem, improper bodybuilding causes dehydration which affects kidneys as well. (That’s a hell lot!)
How can we erase these negative effects from our bodybuilding process?
Well, after going through such repercussions many of you’ll be doubtful regarding the whole bodybuilding phenomena. But trust me, guys, things are never bad as they seem; it’s just- “excess of anything is bad”. So let’s see the possible solutions to avoid these issues:
Split your routine to avoid overuse injury
Yes, “overuse” is the most common injury that happens to bodybuilders; to minimal, the risk of these kinds of injuries, trainers recommend to split the workout routine. So it’s always preferable to follow the healthy procedures to work in the gym.
Solutions for teens bodybuilding issues
Patience is the most needed quality for teen bodybuilders; it’s preferable to do 2-3 sets of each activity for different muscle groups rather than spending 20 minutes on one muscle group. As far as dieting is concerned, a developing teen should always feed him with whole foods as oppose restrictive diets and supplements.
Checking your eligibility before lifting weight to avoid cardiac complications
Researchers always recommend a screening test prior any heavy lifting programs; get medical clearance from the doctor before going a long-term workout regime. Moreover, add more cardio exercises as you bulk up and perform aerobic exercises like running or biking to protect the heart from problems associated with bodybuilding.
Avoid Supplements in the bodybuilding process
Apart from teens, experienced bodybuilders should also avoid excess supplementation and it’s needless to say that supplements shouldn’t be taken without the prescription. The doses quantity and duration of supplements should be highly specified by doctors.
So we have seen that how going to the gymnasium is purely a personal choice. Apart from moving to the gym, we can see that opting for bodybuilding needs some prior research and findings. Well, there could be some kickback in bodybuilding but only if you’re not doing the way it’s done. We’ve also seen that teen under the age of 16 should be soft on weight-lifting programs and engage themselves in aerobics like swimming. Long story short, it’s not proper to avoid the whole bodybuilding phenomenon but at the same time working like a lunatic in the gymnasium is not logical as well.