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How to Gain Muscle Without Working Out

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Linda Ray is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years reporting experience. She's covered business for newspapers and magazines, including the "Greenville News," "Success Magazine" and "American City Business Journals." Ray holds a journalism degree and teaches writing, career development and an FDIC course called "Money Smart."
How to Gain Muscle Without Working Out
Grab a shovel to build muscles. Photo Credit Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images

You don't have to struggle to lift weights, attend bodybuilding sessions or risk injury by performing difficult body resistance exercises to build muscle. According to the Weight-control Information Network, all activity requires the use of muscles, and the more you move, the more you gain muscle strength. Build strenuous activities into your daily schedule that target different muscle groups and skip the gym.

Step 1

How to Gain Muscle Without Working Out
Build a garden that will require daily maintenance. Photo Credit rodho/iStock/Getty Images

Build a garden that requires daily maintenance, and you'll use most of your major muscle groups. Digging, weeding, bending, twisting and lifting all work the muscles and lead to muscle growth. Use long-handled shovels and axes to break up dirt and turn the garden bed.

Step 2

How to Gain Muscle Without Working Out
Clean your house thoroughly. Photo Credit Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images

Clean your house thoroughly to maintain a pleasant living environment and work your muscles. Stand in one spot to push and pull on the vacuum. Climb ladders to reach high corners and dust ceiling fans. Mop the floor, pick up clutter and rearrange furniture to give your muscles an effective workout.

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Step 3

How to Gain Muscle Without Working Out
Participate in games and outings with your children Photo Credit Wojciech Gajda/iStock/Getty Images

Participate in outdoor games and outings with your children to get a workout. Play ball in the backyard, ride bikes and roller-skate. Take your children to activities that require physical activity, such as water parks and the zoo. Walk along the beach and bend over to pick up seashells. If you play with your children instead of just watching them, you may never need to work out.

Step 4

How to Gain Muscle Without Working Out
Go for vigorous walks throughout the day. Photo Credit aaron_belford/iStock/Getty Images

Walk vigorously at every chance throughout the day. Make your daily walks through the neighborhood or on local trails worthwhile by including stairways and hills in your stroll. Walk vigorously from the far end of the parking lot when you go to work or out shopping. Push a shopping cart quickly through the store without leaning on it.

Step 5

How to Gain Muscle Without Working Out
Take creatine supplements. Photo Credit Iromaya Images/Iromaya/Getty Images

Take supplements made of creatine before you go walking or performing heavy yard work. Creatine is an amino acid that occurs naturally in the body and comes from sources such as fish and meat. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, creatine has been proven to increase muscle mass when taken during high-intensity activities.

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