When you see the word bodybuilding, what’s the first thing you think of?
If you’re like most people, your mind probably goes straight to images of oiled up men and women flexing their massive muscles, wearing little to nothing, parading on a stage, right?
Well, that’s what it is, in a nutshell, but bodybuilding is a competitive sport and there’s more to it than what meets the eye.
In the world of bodybuilding, you’re not just an individual who gets greased up to flex your muscles in competitions… bodybuilding is a lifestyle choice.
As a bodybuilder, you’re doing exactly what the title says… you’re literally building (growing) your body from its original state.
So, you could be an accountant who sits at a desk all day and then you decide that you want to transform your body by spending more time at the gym or wearing ankle weights every time you go walking… all of those actions deem you as a bodybuilder, in its true essence, but just not on a professional level.
As a bodybuilder, you’re flexing muscles and showcasing all of your hard work, right?
Yes, but can you guess what’s the most important muscle to keep in shape that will give you a long-lasting career in this industry?
It’s not your biceps or triceps either… The most important muscle in bodybuilding is your heart.
It’s very important to maintain good heart health in your everyday life but it’s especially important to do this in the bodybuilding industry.
There are several different ways to keep and maintain good heart health but when you’re in the bodybuilding industry, everything the average person would do to gain muscle mass can be increased times ten.
So the various dieting trends and lifestyle habits of bodybuilders are more so on the extreme side of things… this can be a good thing for the career advancements of a bodybuilder but if you’re not careful, it can put your heart health at great risk causing heart disease and sometimes even death.
If you’re a bodybuilder or looking to get a career started in bodybuilding, take a look at some of the biggest diet and lifestyle trends that bodybuilders make.
Following the IIFYM Trend
If you’re not aware, IIFYM stands for “if it fits your macros.” In the health and fitness world, there are popular diets and trends that people use as their “Holy Grail” to fitness but a popular dieting trend that bodybuilders tend to follow is the IIFYM trend.
Bodybuilders who follow this dieting trend can get to their macros numbers goal but can run into a lot of trouble if they don’t make the necessary efforts to also consume foods with healthy nutrients.
If you have a diet that allows you to consume 4,500 calories a day, then you can eat foods like Poptarts and other “junk foods” but the downfall to these prepackaged foods is that they contain trans fats… which is bad for cholesterol and increases your risk for type 2 diabetes.
Not Keeping Up With Good Oral Health
Good oral health may not seem like it should have anything to do with the bodybuilding industry but it actually does. People don’t realize just how much good oral health has to do with good heart health.
According to ABC News, the bacteria from inflamed gums can travel to the arteries of the heart and cause atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of the arteries.
It causes plaque to build up and thicken on the inner walls of your arteries which then restrict blood flow through the body and increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.
So it’s very important that you go see a dentist regularly to see if you need to get your wisdom teeth removed or have cavities filled but in addition to regular visits, you also need to keep a daily oral regimen to maintain a healthy mouth.
Remember, this is all about keeping your most important muscle healthy, which is your heart, and bad oral hygiene can lead to serious heart risks, which then lead to a shorter bodybuilding career… your health is your wealth.
Plus, when you’re on that stage, the judges need to see those pearly whites!
It’s always been said that exercising is the quickest way to get the body you want, next to dieting but when you’re in the bodybuilding industry, how do you know when you’re excessively exercising?
As a bodybuilder, you’re not going to have the same type of workout routine as an average person coming to the gym to work out, just as you wouldn’t eat the same foods or consume the same amount as an average person trying to eat healthily.
A study conducted by the Mayo Clinic found that individuals who worked out excessively were at greater risk of developing heart problems than those who worked out moderately… isn’t that crazy!
The one thing that’s supposed to help you maintain good heart health is the very thing that can cause cardiac issues… you just have to find the right balance of exercise.
If you’re unsure about what type of exercise routine is good for you, consult with a professional.