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The Complete Guide on How To Prevent Stretch Marks From Working Out!

Do you have stretch marks? Are you looking for ways to prevent getting them in the first place? Well, there are some who see stretch marks as a positive thing. To these people, stretch marks demonstrate hard work and are reminders of how far they’ve come since they began working out. For others, however, stretch marks are aesthetically unpleasing and they’d prefer to avoid having them altogether. If you're the second person, then you’ve come to the right place! While I’ve learned to deal with my own stretch marks, I’d prefer if they weren’t there at all. Below, you can find out what stretch marks are and exactly how to prevent stretch marks from working out.

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What Are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks often occur when skin is overstretched. Most often, this happens because the skin is stretched too rapidly and over a short period of time. In reality, stretch marks are scars that are left behind from your stretched skin because the body’s natural production of collagen is disrupted. This disruption in collagen leaves smooth, linear scars along the outer layer of your skin, otherwise known as the epidermis.

Any number of things can cause the skin to stretch this way. These include the human body growing during puberty, pregnancy in women, bodybuilding and working out.Stretch marks can vary in color. They can be red, purple, or blue. Over time, though, it is likely that they will fade to a white or silver.( Read more How To Make Your Waist Smaller)

How to Prevent Stretch Marks from Working Out

Tips To Be Discussed:

  • Weight gain
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Take vitamin supplements
  • Moisturize
  • Laser Therapy

Tip #1: Avoid Gaining Weight Too Quickly

While it is very difficult for serious bodybuilders to completely prevent getting stretch marks, they can certainly limit how many appear by limiting how quickly they gain weight and muscle. This does, however, come with its own difficulties for those in bulking season.You might then be asking: how do I avoid gaining weight in bulking season?

If you’re trying to prevent stretch marks from bodybuilding, then you need to avoid gaining too much weight. Although the purpose of bulking season is to gain a lot of muscle, there are ways in which you can do so intelligently. (Read more Cream Of Wheat Vs Oatmeal For Weight Loss here)

How to Prevent Stretch Marks from Working Out

You can, for example, eat more lean proteins and complex carbohydrates instead of consuming fattening food, which is what a lot of bodybuilders do during the bulking season. When you limit how much fat you're consuming, you'll gain more muscle than fat. Rather than becoming very large due to the added fat and muscle, you’ll be turning your existing fat into muscle; therefore, limiting how large you become and limiting how much your skin stretches.

If you’re not in bulking season then you can simply make sure to build muscle gradually. In this case, you can afford to build muscle gradually because you don’t have the added pressure that comes with bulking season. To make sure you don't gain too quickly, you can do higher reps and fewer sets. When you lift very heavy weights, this is usually when you begin to bulk. For this reason, you should be doing around twelve to fifteen reps and ensure that you give your body plenty of rest time. (Read more about Barbell Weight)(and Bar Weigh On A Smith Machine).

Tip #2: Drink Water

How to Prevent Stretch Marks from Working Out

You’ve most likely heard this your entire life: drink lots of water and stay hydrated. While it may seem like this is just another obvious tip, many people don’t realize just how important water is when it comes to maintaining healthy skin.

Staying hydrated will keep your body hydrated; therefore, ensuring that your skin stays hydrated as well. When your skin is hydrated, it is less likely to develop stretch marks because it can be stretched further. According to the Institute of Medicine, women should be drinking over 2.5L of water every day and men should be drinking over 3.5L.

Tip #3: Stock Up On Vitamins

Bodybuilders seldom have a hard time getting all of their proteins, carbs, and fats in their diets. All that is left, then, is vitamins, which are absolutely vital in any human being’s diet. Here, you can find a list of a few vitamins you should be eating more of and why.

How to Prevent Stretch Marks from Working Out
  • Vitamin A:
    This vitamin is the ultimate go-to for anyone who wants to maintain healthy skin, nails, and hair. Vitamin A keeps skin soft and youthful by keeping the epidermis, which is the body’s outer layer of cells, moisturized. Vitamin A is especially important because studies have shown that it increases the body’s production of collagen, which aids in keeping skin elastic-like; therefore, preventing stretch marks from developing as a result of overstretched skin.
  • Vitamin C:
    Vitamin C helps the body heal from scars and wounds. Since stretch marks are essentially scars, this proves especially useful for anyone trying to avoid them. The vitamin does this by helping the body synthesize collagen. 
  • Vitamin E:
    Vitamin E is great because it serves as an anti-oxidant that preserves healthy skin tissue and membranes. For this reason, it is great for anyone who is trying to rid their bodies of scars. It is even recommended for people who are trying to rid themselves of post-surgical scars. It can either be applied topically, from an ointment or cream or orally, from a pill.
  • Zinc:
    Zinc is, perhaps, the most important supplement that you should be taking to increase your body’s production of collagen. Collagen takes up over 80% of the human body’s connective tissue. When your body produces enough of it, it is unlikely that you’ll get stretch marks.
    Zinc will also help your body build muscle, which is why it is especially appealing to bodybuilders.

Tip #4: Moisturize

How to Prevent Stretch Marks from Working Out

Your skin type can greatly affect the way your skin reacts to being stretched. Although skin type is, for the most part, hereditary, there are measures you can take that will improve the quality of your skin.  If you have skin that is often dry or chapped, then this will have detrimental effects on its elasticity. For this reason, it is best that you always keep your skin moisturized and to take necessary supplements. 

Tip #5: Laser Therapy

How to Prevent Stretch Marks from Working Out

Laser therapy has been making headlines and is still a greatly controversial subject. Still, laser therapy has proven useful to prevent stretch marks from bodybuilding. It uses wavelengths to affect and stimulate your body’s collagen production, as well as its elasticity and melanin production. It is best, however, to talk to your doctor or to another medical professional before you decide to take up laser therapy. 

How To Prevent Stretch Marks From Working Out Conclusion

How to Prevent Stretch Marks from Working Out

It’s important that, in the end, you’re comfortable with the body you’ve been given. That’s why you should be doing everything you can to prevent getting stretch marks from bodybuilding and working out. Anyone who has those pesky little scars on their body will tell you that it’s no treat and it takes some time to get used to!

That’s why I, as the author, have compiled this guide to help you out! Well, that’s all folks! If you enjoyed the above tips, then feel free to tell us all about it in the comments. If you didn’t, then please give us your own suggestions so that we can improve.

Hector Gordon

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Hector Gordon

"" With the growing number of serious health issues in our world today, being physically healthy and workout routines are becoming to be nightmare (very crucial) nowadays. However, what if you just don't know what to do and when or where to start your road to fitness? I know how this situation might get so confusing. But don't worry! With my years of professional experience in the fitness world, I am glad to share all my knowledge in this field and would be very happy to listen to feedbacks or comments coming from you. In fact, I and my team will even do some research to your questions if required. Thanks! ""

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