Will A Bodybuilding Hobby Lead To A Dangerous Muscle Building Obsession?

By: Francesco A. Castano

Weight training is a hobby that takes discipline and consistency in order to produce dramatic muscle building results, with bodybuilders committing themselves to regular workout sessions, consuming strict meal plans, and attempting to achieve sufficient rest each night for recovery. For those who have the time to conveniently perform a weight training session each day, and who are able to follow the proper meal plan without difficulty, bodybuilding does not become an overwhelming chore, but certain weight lifters lack any organization whatsoever, and find themselves struggling to integrate life with proper weight training and diet variables, yet they feel so attracted to achieving muscle building or fat loss results that they begin abdicating responsibilities in other, far more critical areas of life in favor of their bodybuilding agenda.

This is why proper scheduling is of paramount importance to bodybuilding success, as having a specific time devoted to bodybuilding, as well as segments of the day where meals are consumed, will ensure that there is no daily struggle to choose between bodybuilding workouts and family or work. Yet, even those who plan weight training and diet around a daily, specific regimen many times will encounter unexpected scenarios that cause them to rearrange their day, and for those who become obsessive over muscle gain, this can create substantial internal stress, to the point where other far more critical aspects of life are set aside in favor of a workout. For most, proper scheduling is sufficient to avert any regular occurrences that encourage skipped meals or abandoned weight training workouts, but life many times offers unexpected inconveniences, and when bodybuilding begins to take on a far more important meaning in life than that of its true classification (a hobby), relationships and our obligation to helping others can suffer greatly, leading to a loss of proper perspective on the meaning of our very existence.

Bodybuilding in and of itself is innocent, and does not need to become a narcissistic pursuit used to define self worth, yet for many, this is precisely what transpires, and bodybuilders begin valuing themselves based upon the type of attention they experience from others, which is linked directly with the amount of muscle mass that they display on a given day. Steroids complicate this issue further, as a bodybuilder establishes a status quo that is based on drug abuse, and to maintain an identical level of superficial attention from others, steroids need to remain a constant, and this leads to a strong psychological addiction, both to drugs and the bodybuilding lifestyle.

Many families are harmed by various addictions, including drugs and alcohol, but while few view physical fitness as a dangerous pursuit, bodybuilding is a hobby that can promote obsessive feelings that will separate a weight lifter from others, to the point where life begins to revolve around a mere workout and diet plan, with all else occupying a lower priority. This skewed psychological framework destroys marriages, causes a level of obsession with appearance that eventually leads to infidelity, and will promote a level of sadness and grief that can lead to feelings of depression and a plethora of addictions, such as those mentioned.

To avoid such introverted thinking, a bodybuilder must place the hobby in proper perspective, knowing that a meaningful life is based upon how we love God and others, with making those who surround us feel special and wanted ranking far above whether we have a certain sized biceps muscle or defined abs; giving of ourselves is what fuels true happiness. Yet, this does not in any way suggest that bodybuilding is contradictory to a well adjusted, selfless existence, as the vast majority, with proper scheduling, can easily integrate an effective bodybuilding routine into their lifestyle without negatively impacting relationships or daily obligations, yet for this to successfully occur, organization is of paramount importance. Those who refuse to follow a structured timetable towards daily activities feel burdened by what they must accomplish, but if carefully analyzing their day, will find that much time was squandered specifically due to haphazard living.

Therefore, to reduce the chance that bodybuilding will interfere with life's more pressing concerns, choose specific weight training workout and diet times that do not adversely impact family, friends or work, and do so with the mindset that if unexpected distractions surface, you will rearrange your schedule to focus upon the most critical concerns first, so that bodybuilding compliments a happy, well adjusted life, as opposed to destroying the harmony and peace that we all strive for.

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Francesco Castano owns IncrediBody.com, an online fitness superstore selling exercise equipment at guaranteed lowest prices.

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