5 Fitness Myths Debunked 2016-12-21T13:41:43+00:00

5 Fitness Myths Debunked

By Shain Rossi, Certified Personal Trainer

When it comes to fitness, there is no shortage of information out there. But is it all correct? If you’re a fitness buff, you might think you’ve got things figured out. But some fitness myths have been around for so long, you may not know the real deal. Separating fitness myths from reality may help you get the most from your training program.

Myth: cardio is your best bet to lose weight

Reality: This is one of the most oft-repeated fitness myths. It is true that cardio burns calories. If you’re trying to lose weight you have to burn more calories than you take in, so it seems doing cardio makes sense. But cardio alone is not the best approach. Weight training provides benefits that cardio can’t by itself. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories your body uses even at rest. For optimal results, combine cardio, strength training, and healthy eating.

Myth: women will bulk up if they lift weights

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Working out with weights can help give women a toned and strong figure without the fear of developing too much bulk.

Reality: If you’re hesitant to lift weights because you think it will make you too muscular, you don’t have to worry. Women have a lot less testosterone than men, which is the hormone that helps with muscle building. In fact, most women have about 15 to 20 times less testosterone than the average guy. So, ladies, even if you lift weights, you’re not going to become super bulky.

Myth: stretch before you work out

Reality: This is one of the fitness myths that can hurt you. You might have been taught you need to loosen up before a workout. But stretching cold muscles may lead to an injury. Instead of static stretching, do a little light cardio to warm up your muscles and get loose prior to diving into your routine.

Myth: carbs make you fat

Reality: The low-carb diet craze became popular several years ago. Some people still think carbs are the bad guy when it comes to weight gain, making this one of the most stubborn fitness myths. But carbs can and should be part of a healthy weight loss plan. What’s important is the type of carbs you eat. Stick to complex carbs found in foods, such as veggies, fruits, and whole grains.

Myth: you can reduce fat in one area

Reality: you can’t simply exercise a certain body part and get rid of excess fat in that spot. That’s why doing even 100 crunches every day won’t give you a six pack if you aren’t eating right. When you lose fat, you’ll lose it throughout your body. Although you can’t target fat burning in specific areas, you may tend to lose weight in certain regions of your body first. Where you lose fat first may depend on your genetics, gender and body shape.

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