Developing good habits is crucial to build muscle up on a long term basis. It is highly important to be consistently doing the right things if you want to keep building muscle. Unfortunately often people get into bad habits without thinking about the danger they are risking or about how much they are adversely affecting their progress. Here we have outlined the top 7 worst muscle building habits and included a few build muscles tips too:

1) The worst of all! Taking steroids, this is harmful for a great number of reasons take your pick from any of these:different coloured spots on the body, acne, swelling of the legs and feet, bad smelling breath and yellowing of the skin, dizziness, trembling, nausea, vomiting, mood swings, premature balding, aching joints, liver damage, palpitations, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and reduction of your final adult height.should you need more reason not to use steroids then take a look at these: pain on urination, testicular shrinkage, impotence, breast development and even sterility. I'm sure no more needs to be said about that.

2) Trying to lift too much weight. Yes, trying to beat you training partner is great motivation but be really careful. Lifting too much weight can cause you to lose form and increase the chances of injury and won't help you build muscles quickly. If you have o use momentum to lift the weight or you are unable t control it 100% whilst lifting or lowering you really ought to be reducing the amount of weight you are using.

3) Protein intake levels too high. The average adult should be taking on board 0.8-1 gram of protein per kilo of bodyweight per day and a bodybuilder should be consuming no more than 1.7 grams per bodyweight kilo. Consuming more protein than this increases your chances of getting osteoporosis and also it could lead to irreversible damage of your kidneys. Also your risk of heart disease is increased because a by product of protein metabolism homo-cysteine can cause damage to your heart over time!

4) Taking stimulants such as ephedrine has dangerous side effects including heart palpitations, heart attack and stroke. Although these are not prohibited you would be wise to be extremely cautious and in fact would be a good deal better off not using them at all. you may prefer to try something far less dangerous such as caffeine pills. If in any doubt always consult a trained health care professional.

5) Some people seem to think that training on an empty stomach will make them burn off more fat. However your energy comes from carbohydrate therefore if you haven't eaten you will have far less energy and have virtually no chance of having a good workout. You will not be able to lift more than your previous personal best and you will most likely be left jittery, shaking and even dizzy after your training session possibly due to low blood sugar levels. Instead 30-60 minutes before your workout have a small meal with food such as vegetable rice and pasta.

6) Neglecting to warm up and stretch sufficiently. Preparing your body for exercise is crucial in preventing injuries such as muscle tears and ligament strains, it also increases your performance, range of motion and posture. It takes only around 10 minutes to do a decent warm up and it is time very well spent.

7) Not keeping a training diary. If you don't have this how can you tell if you are making progress or not? How can you keep a track on your personal best lifts. Keeping a training log is easy to do and very motivating. Why aren't you keeping one.

OK, so the main thing to do to ensure good bodybuilding habits is to use your common sense and take heed of the above guidelines and you ought to be ab;e to enjoy your workouts and get great results.

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