I don’t want to get ‘bulky’

The term “bulking up” is thrown around in the fitness world, but what does it really mean? According to some experts, it means putting on muscle without any intention of getting leaner. While this may seem like a good idea at first glance, especially if you’re new to the gym scene or have been doing cardio-only programs for years, there are several reasons why bulking up isn’t actually ideal:

You don’t want to bulk up.

You don’t want to bulk up.

Some people are comfortable with their bodies, and that’s great. But a lot of us secretly wish we could change ourselves in some way, even though it wouldn’t be an improvement. If you’re one of those people who feels like their body doesn’t look right and is somehow shameful, then I’m here to help.

I’m going to make the case that your desire not to look bulky is totally understandable and relatable—but it’s also misguided.

Avoiding weight training programs may increase the risk of injury, disease and age-related loss of muscle mass.

Weight training can help you achieve many things, including the following:

  • Improve bone density
  • Reduce risk of heart disease
  • Reduce risk of osteoporosis (weakening of bones) and falling down due to weak muscles or joints
  • Increase energy levels and decrease risk for diabetes or metabolic syndrome by increasing muscle mass
  • Improve balance, coordination and joint flexibility

A well-rounded exercise program that includes strength training is needed to maintain an optimal quality of life.

A well-rounded exercise program can help you maintain an optimal quality of life. Strength training is needed to maintain muscle mass and bone density in older adults, who are at risk for sarcopenia and osteoporosis. Strong muscles can also improve your cardiovascular health by increasing blood flow to the heart, improving postural control and reducing fatigue.

Strength training can also help relieve joint pain caused by arthritis and increase flexibility in your joints. While many people think that strength training means bulking up or getting bulky muscles, this is not true! The goal of a good strength-training program is to increase muscle mass without adding too much body fat.

If you’re afraid of becoming “bulky”, don’t be! Muscle is not a bad thing, and in fact it’s essential for good health. If you want to avoid bulking up too much, start by lifting weights slowly and using lighter weights as you get more comfortable with the moves. You can also try doing push-ups or squats without equipment at first until your fitness level improves before adding weights into your routine.

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