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Deciding to work out is a huge and very important step not just for weight loss but for better well-being. However, fitness is a broad area and we have to watch out for fitness myths that can cause us more harm than good. We’ve unveiled 10 of the most common fitness myths. Prepare to be surprised.
10 Surprising Exercise Myths
Myth #1: You need a gym membership to get fit.
Truth: Not at all. You can work out at home. You can create your own home gym or buy exercise DVD’s. Jogging or walking around your neighbourhood are great ideas as well, not to mention inexpensive.
Myth #2: You can burn more fat with low-intensity work out routines.
Truth: It’s not the percentage of fat calories burned that matters but the total calories burned when working out. The faster you do a routine, the more calories you use per minute. While you may be burning lesser “fat calories”, you will be burning more total calories which helps you lose inches.
Myth #3: Weight lifting can make women bulky.
Truth: Women are not built to bulk up the same way men do, as women’s testosterone levels are lower than mens. In fact, women burn calories, increase lean muscle mass and drop the extra weight when they lift weights.
Myth #4: No pain, no gain.
Truth: Working out does not have to hurt you. Sure, it can cause some discomfort but not to the point where you can’t breathe or you sweat excessively. It’s important to listen to your body. If you feel muscle or joint pain instead of muscle fatigue, stop at once.
Myth #5: Doing more ab exercises will give you abs.
Truth: Crunches and sit ups aren’t that effective in giving you abs, let alone a flat stomach. Push ups and planking are better exercises as they work up your whole core, removing the fat around the midsection. Combine these exercises with cardio and a healthy diet for a toner stomach.
Myth #6: You need a heart rate monitor to record how hard you are working out.
Truth: Heart rate monitors can show inconsistent results depending on the type of exercise you’re doing. Use your body to gauge how hard you’re exercising. Perceived exertion – your estimation of how hard you are exercising is more accurate and dependable.
Myth #7: It’s useless to exercise if you can’t do it regularly.
Truth: Any exercise is better than none! 30 minutes of moving around each day will do you good. It will minimize your risk of heart disease and stroke. Simple exercises such as using the stairs instead of the elevator, talking a walk after lunch and doing push ups during your work break are of big help in improving your health and weight.
Myth #8: Working up a sweat = a good workout
Truth: Sweating is in no way a gauge on how hard you are working out. Sweating is the body’s way of cooling itself. You can still burn calories even without breaking a sweat.
Myth #9: You can take weight off of certain body areas by doing exercises that focus on those areas.
Truth: You can’t “spot reduce”. The only way to lose weight in a particular area is if you lose weight all over. Exercise + strength training + proper diet is a killer combination to reduce fats.
Myth #10: Stretching will help avoid injuries.
Truth: Studies show that stretching before working out can only lead to more injuries. It’s better to warm up for 10 minutes doing light aerobic/cardio exercises and then proceed with your exercise program. Do stretching post-exercise.
Knowing these fitness myths will help open up your eyes on what you should not do when it comes to fitness and exercise so all your efforts won’t be put to waste.
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Rooting for you,
~ The HSO Team ~