We’ve all received bad tips before, and many continue to circulate the fitness world. Let’s put an end to this blasphemy. Here are 10 fitness myths and the truth about them…
Myth: Strength Training Makes You Bulky
Truth: Side-by-side a pound of muscle is smaller than a pound of fat. The more muscle you have, the less space you will take up. Plus, the amount of time it takes to get huge from weights is almost a full-time job.
Myth: Morning Is The Only Effective Time To Train
Truth: The timing of your workouts doesn’t matter. You need to find time in your schedule to stay consistent with training. Listen to your body, and workout when you have the most energy.
Myth: Women Only Need 3-Pound Weights
Truth: This false information is everywhere. By limiting your weights, you are cheating yourself out of the amazing benefits of strength training. Pick up some heavier weights and push yourself!
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Myth: Training One Day A Week Is Better Than Nothing
Truth: The key to losing weight and gaining muscle is hard work and consistency. Training only once a week will result in failure. Train consistently, make the right food choices and stick to it.
Myth: You Don’t Need To Be Shown How To Use A Gym
Truth: Do not go into a workout blindly. Learn how to use the gym equipment from a personal trainer or look on the internet. By using the proper form, you will see greater results and avoid injury.
Myth: All You Need Is Cardio
Truth: Cardio is perfect for keeping a healthy heart, but it won’t help improve posture and fight the effects of gravity. Weight training strengthens tendons, ligaments, and increases bone density.
Myth: Working Out On An Empty Stomach Burns More Calories
Truth: Whether your stomach is full or empty you will burn the same amount of calories. Working out on an empty stomach to specifically burn fat is effective but not sustainable. If you are failing to make it through your workouts, you should try eating a small meal an hour before (a small snack thirty minutes before) your workout.
Myth: It Doesn’t Matter What Shoes I Wear
Truth: Your shoes are one of the most important parts of your workout. Working out in the wrong shoe can decrease efficiency and even lead to injury in the future. Do some research and go to a specialty shoe store to get the right shoe for you.
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Myth: Fat Makes You Fat
Truth: Fat DOES NOT make you fat. Actually, there are many health benefits of eating essential fatty acids. Eating the right fats can help you maintain lean muscle and assist in losing weight by keeping you satiated longer.
Myth: I Can Target Where I Want To Lose Fat
Truth: In order to burn fat, it must be broken down into free fatty acids which enter the bloodstream. The fat broken down from a workout can come from anywhere on the body, not necessarily the area you are working out the hardest. Plus, many spot reduction exercises don’t burn enough calories to actually lose fat.