Popular Fitness Myths
Have you ever fallen for a fitness myth? You know, something that seemed to make sense but in the end you discovered it’s just not true? If so, you’re not alone it’s happened to all of us at one time or another. Since believing a fitness myth can waste a lot of your valuable time and effort I thought I bust a few of the most popular fitness myths today!
Fitness Myth 1
Ladies shouldn’t lift weights because they’ll get big, muscle bound and look like a guy!
If you’re a woman who’s worried about getting big muscles from lifting weights you don’t need to. Thanks to hormones you won’t pack on muscle like men do. Men have more testosterone then women so for you ladies lifting weights doesn’t automatically equal muscle mass. However, lifting weights will help you get stronger and toned….so you’re good to go!
Fitness Myth 2
If you focus your exercise on one specific area you can reduce fat there!
This sounds like a great plan but unfortunately the body doesn’t work that way. When you exercise triglycerides in fat cells are broken down into glycerol and free fatty acids that travel through your blood stream to provide energy for the muscles you’re using. They are released as heat and that’s where the term fat burning come from.
However, since these triglycerides come from all over your body there is no way to spot reduce fat through exercise.
The best approach is to incorporate a wide variety of exercises, combined with other healthy lifestyle habits to permanently get rid of unwanted fat.
Fitness Myth 3
Always Stretch before you exercise
Static stretching before exercise can often cause your muscles to tighten rather than relax—exactly the opposite of what is needed for physical activity. A Better approach…”warm-up” before exercise and stretch after exercise and after you cool down Your muscles and joints are much warmer and lubricated after a workout than they are before one.
Fitness Myth 4
If you want to lose weight just do cardio
While cardio exercises like running do burn more calories when you increase your heart rate, resistance training and building muscle mass causes you to burn more calories throughout the day.
If you want to lose weight and get healthy a combination of cardio and resistance or strength training is the way to go!
Fitness Myth 5
To get fit you need to spend hours a day at the gym Actually, you can get very fit doing body weight exercises that require no equipment, no gym membership and very little time commitment. In fact, if you want to find out first hand check out this week’s free resource. FIT N 14 below:
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