Building lean muscle is one of the best things we can do for our health. For starters, it helps protect our bones and maintain muscle mass, which is particularly important as we age. Lean muscle helps your body burn calories long after workouts are over and also works to boost our energy. And unless you’re a bodybuilder, you won’t bulk up; in fact, having more muscle helps your look leaner and more toned.
Most people believe that the only way to build muscle is to put in countless hours of strength training. And while that’s certainly a key factor, it’s not the only factor. Here are my five favorite ways to boost muscle growth outside of the gym.