Are you working out regularly but not seeing results? Then there is a good chance that you have fallen into the trap of fitness myths. Don’t beat yourself up about it. If you are following someone’s advice, maybe even your gym instructor’s advice, rather do some research on it yourself before you dive into it blindly. Here are some of the most popular myths circulating out there that you really should not be believing in.
Myth: You Need To Do Crunches To Get Flat Abs.
Crunches may be the most popular abdominal exercise around, but doing them is not the best way to trim your waistline. They don’t burn a lot of calories so they don’t really with fat loss. They do, however, tone a small area of your abs. You will get better results by doing planks or bridges. If you are doing crunches, make sure you are doing crunches, make sure you have proper form to avoid getting injuries.
Myth: The more you sweat, the more you burn.
Sweating is just a bodily response that cools your skin and regulates internal body temperature. Sweating more is probably more linked to the weather or the temperature of the gym or studio that you are working out in.
Myth: Stretching helps your body recover faster.
There is no evidence that stretching helps your muscles recover faster. It does have benefits, though. Doing stretches right after a workout while your body is still warm, is the best way to increase joint flexibility.
Myth: More gym time is better.
Scheduling in rest days is crucial! Your body needs to recover, especially after a tough session. If you work out every single day, you could injure yourself or overtrain, which keeps your muscles from rebounding and your body from improving.
Myth: No Pain, No Gain
it’s not true at all that the best workouts are the ones that leave you feeling like you have been run over by a train the next day. Discomfort is natural, but definitely not pain. The idea that exercise should hurt is simply wrong. Muscle pain during or after exercise usually means you have an injury. Some muscle discomfort is unavoidable, especially if you are new to working out.
Myth: You Need a Sports Drink When Exercising to Replenish Your Body’s Electrolytes and Minerals, Etc
Sports drinks are important for improving performance in the high-intensity exercise that lasts longer than an hour. What about low-intensity exercise, though, or people who just hit the treadmill for a half-hour every night after work, or bike around town on the weekends? Not necessary at all: “For lower intensity or shorter duration exercise sports drinks are not needed.
Myth: Exercise Will Help Me Lose Weight Quickly
This is the one that usually turns people off from exercise entirely when they spend hours exercising and don’t see the results they were hoping for. Exercise can help you lose weight, but it’s not the direct “calories in less than calories burned, therefore, weight loss” oversimplification that’s so often repeated. For example, walking a mile in an hour will burn about 100 calories. Sitting in a chair for the same period of time will probably burn 60 calories. The real weight-loss benefits to exercise come from the eventual ramp-up of tolerance for intensity and duration of exercise that you get once you get started.
Myth: If You Don’t Exercise When You’re Young, It’s Dangerous When You Get Older
It’s never too late to start a workout regimen and improve your overall health, you just have to be cautious and aware of how you go about it. Seniors who exercise, or even start to exercise late in life, are likely to live longer than those who don’t. They can live out their last years healthier than their counterparts who avoided exercise.
Here are Some True Facts that Aren’t Fitness Myths
Fact: Skipping sleep CAN cause weight gain.
If you sleep less than seven hours a night, you are more likely to gain weight. Even partial sleep deprivation increases the production of the hormone ghrelin, which triggers hunger.
Fact: Yoga IS NOT a big calorie burner.
While doing yoga does improve flexibility and strength, it’s not much of an aerobic activity. A 50-minute power yoga session burns 237 calories, versus the 500 to 600 calories you’d fry Spinning for that amount of time.
Fact: Women lifting weights WON’T bulk up.
Even if you’re using heavy dumbbells, you’re not going to turn into a bodybuilding champ! Women typically have less muscle tissue and produce lower levels of testosterone than men, meaning women are less physiologically prone to becoming muscular.
Let’s Finish Off With Some Positive Facts that Aren’t Fitness Myths
Music improves workout performance
Listening to music while exercising can improve workout performance by 15%
Exercising improves brain performance
Cardiovascular exercise helps create new brain cells. This improves brain power and brain activity.
Working out enhances your memory
Exercising increases the production of cells that are responsible for learning and memory
Running burns calories!
If you run at a 10 minute per mile pace you can burn 104.3 calories per mile
More muscle mass = burning more fat while resting
The more muscle mass you have, the more fat your body burns while resting
Exercise prevents signs of aging
If you exercise 3 times a week for 45 minutes you can help prevent signs of aging
A pound of muscle burns 3 times more calories than a pound of fat
Having more muscle than fat means you can consume more calories.(YAY)
You get sick less often
Exercising on a regular basis helps boost your immune system.
This means you’ll get sick less often than people who don’t exercise
Workouts Increases productivity
Exercising increases the number of endorphins that are released into your body and increases productivity.
Workouts can improve the look of your skin
Sweat releases dirt through your pores which can reduce acne and breakouts.
Workouts improve the overall look of your skin