bodybuilding-stretch-marksMost commonly stretch marks are associated with pregnancy or gaining and losing of weight rapidly; however, stretch marks also occur when the muscles are build too quickly without proper care. It is unhealthy for the skin to stretch beyond a certain point, and if it does then it leads to mild, and sometimes, heavy occurrence of stretch marks.

For those who would want to know how to prevent these marks then read further. Here are mentioned some of the basic tips to follow in order to prevent the occurrence of stretch marks on skin while doing workouts.

1. Eat a balanced diet

Most of the bodybuilders do take very good care of their diet, and their diet usually consists of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Having said that, the key most things that their diet lacks is vitamins of all kinds. For some reason unknown, vitamins do tend to take a back seat in their dietary habits.

In order to keep these stretch marks at bay, it is of paramount importance to include vitamin A, C and E in your diet. Foods loaded with Vitamin C are all citrus fruits (lemons and oranges) and help in boosting collagen production.  Vitamin E too helps in preventing stretch marks. The vitamin protects and heals skin and body tissues.  Vitamin A is very important for improving skin elasticity. Eat right!

2. Build muscles tactfully

Do you push yourself a tad bit more and increase the amount of weight you lift when working out? If yes, then you are not alone. Most of us have been there and done that. Unfortunately, it isn’t a great thing for your skin. To prevent those stretch marks from occurring, it is advisable to reduce the amount of weight you lift while working out. Better is, to use lighter weights and increase the number of repetitions.

3. Drink lots of water

One of the best ways to prevent and reduce stretch marks is to drink plenty of water while exercising. Drinking water helps in replenishing the loss of liquids during exercises. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water on daily basis to keep the skin hydrated. Water does a fantastic role in keeping the skin moisturized and a moisturized skin keeps stretch marks away. In addition, water also helps in keeping a tab on body weight.  When the body weight is in control, the chances of having stretch marks are slim.

4. Dry brushing

Quite lately, dry brushing has been gaining a lot of attention and is presumed to be effective in preventing stretch marks. Dry brushing helps in exfoliating the skin and keeping the skin healthy. It is a good idea to use a brush that has natural fibers and has stiff bristles.

A matter of fact is that if you are a disciplined bodybuilder then come what may, you are likely to develop stretch marks. So, if you see these conspicuous marks on your skin then take it easy because you are not the only one. Follow these simple steps to keep stretch marks away.