To stay lean we need muscle. So far so good. But when we talk about long-term health goals and fitness in the long run, we need to know how to differentiate between big muscle and lean muscle.
Disadvantages of big and short muscles
1) Loss in flexibility – big muscle makes you bulky and therefore less flexible.
2) Unnatural look – with big muscles, some of your body may look exaggerated and therefore unnatural.
3) Long hours at the gym – in order to gain big muscle , you will need to spend many hours day after day at the gym.
4) Boredom – your gym work will be the main exercise and therefore will lead to boredom and so you increase the weight lift until you hurt your muscles not to mention your spine.
Advantages of long and lean muscle
1) Makes you stronger – because of natural full body movements you will gain strength and speed.
2) Flexibility – Body weight workouts and yoga makes you more flexible. So does running and sprinting.
3) More variety – While building lean muscle you do not need to spend too much time in the gym, and eat a lot of animal base protein to maintain muscle size. Lean muscles gives you a lot of leeway to join many other physical activities, join classes and have fun while you workout.
4) Natural body shape – while working out you will see that your body takes its natural shape as the fat melts away. Your arms and legs look strong and lean the way they were intended to.
5) Long term fat loss – building lean muscle is the only way towards long term fat loss.
From the two illustrations, lean muscle is the healthier option in the long run because it is easier to stick to a routine that offers flexibility and is also a much more natural way to stay fit and workout.