For a desirable athletic body, the most important thing is to have a routine that’ll help you keep your lifestyle in check. No matter which fitness trainer you consult, the first thing they’ll tell you is to maintain a routine but these 5 things will help you up your fitness game and get an athletic body in no-time. These will help you stay healthy and active while you strive harder each day to achieve your fitness aim.
We spoke to Roohi Merchant, fitness and health coach and sports nutritionist at I Think Fitness and her advice was truly enlightening. Roohi says, “Building a strong athletic body requires hard work and determination. Some essentials that can help us in achieving the desired results include consistent training, a balanced diet, combined with willpower and adequate number of intervals between training. If you are looking forward to taking up a sport or if you have signed up for a marathon, these simple yet effective tips will help you achieve an apt fitness routine.” Here’s what Roohi suggests.
1. Get strong to build muscles
Building strength is a vital component to building muscles. It is the building block for all kinds of fitness routines. “Build up of strength engages more muscle fibers to work together to perform movement in the correct way and also expands your work capacity. Moreover, it also equips your nervous system to be efficient,” explains Roohi.
A beginner will need to focus on a fitness routine which consists of full body strength training such as cardio workouts, whereas someone who may be on an intermediate level can start training the required body part as per their goal.
2. Eat Clean
Eating clean and healthy is very essential for building of strength and working towards that perfect body. Roohi states, “To form the muscles, your body requires a certain amount of quality protein and dietary fat, which contributes to strength building. In simpler terms, a balanced diet would be a great start here. Along with a diet, a minimum of 4-5 liters of water intake is mandatory as many bodily functions such as digestion and absorption cannot be performed efficiently without adequate water.”
3. Train each body part equally
Before diving deep into your fitness voyage, you must have an understanding of the various exercises and the movements along with their intensity required for each body part. “With sustained effort, you can split the exercises and focus on one body part per day. This helps in developing muscles equally in your body,” Roohi adds.
An important step to success is taking a break and letting your body and your muscles heal. Roohi emphasises on the importance of 7-8 hours of sleep which is advisable for the recovery from the soreness in the muscles. Insufficient rest can deter your routine and eventually slow down your progress.
Amongst all the essentials required, consistency is the key states Roohi. “Given a situation where all the above parameters and exercises are followed 6 days a week, it is possible to achieve the desired results. However, these results will vary as per various aspects like age, body built, strength, etc,” she concludes.
Q: How can I get an athletic body?
A: If you want to get an athletic body, start slow but steady by incorporating 15 to 30 minutes of daily exercise into your life, like lifting weights or doing cardio! Once you’re comfortable exercising regularly, add strength and high intensity interval training into your workouts.
Q: Do you really need to train like an athlete?
A: After all, if you want an athletic physique, the saying goes, you need to train like an athlete. But what does that really mean? Most of us don’t get a chance to regularly hang out in NFL training centers.
Q: How do you become an effective athlete?
A: At a minimum, an effective athlete should have a balance of strength, explosiveness, and conditioning. Seems simple enough, but how do you put it all together? With a program that uses the right balance of heavy lifts, fast lifts, and a time-proven approach to conditioning.
Q: How do I do each workout correctly?
A: Quickly read through our step-by-step directions to ensure you’re doing each workout correctly the first time, every time. Running: 8 sets of 1/4 mile, rest 1 min. Get up and sprint: 5 sets of 30 yards, rest 2 min. Note: Sprinting the day before a lower-body workout will impede your performance in the strength training.