There is so much information about health and fitness coming from different sources. Before joining any fitness program you need to understand the basics of fitness training.
You may be having several misconceptions about exercise and weight loss but don’t be confused. Here are the top 10 fitness myths and the truth behind the myths.
1. Exercising with weights bulks women up:
Women who lift weights get bulky muscles. This myth makes women scared of exercising with weights. The fact is that men have high testosterone levels which increase the muscles throughout the body and make bulk.
Females have low testosterone levels and high percentage of fat and have less muscle to build and bulk up.
Weight training for women is aimed at producing stronger muscles that can take more stress out from their lives. Women’s fitness is essential for their healthy living.
2. Running is the best way to get fit:
The fact is that there is no one best way to get fit. You can workout any exercise which you feel comfortable in a right way. If you are following the right way, you will be fit with any workout. But getting fit physically and mentally is a process that takes time and patience.
3. Never drink water while exercising:
This is again a myth. You should not wait until you are thirsty. If you feel that you are losing water, you should immediately drink water. You should not wait until your body gets dehydrated. If you are exercising in the morning, drink a glass of water before you start.
4. No pain, no gain:
The common fitness myth is that if you don’t feel pain when you exercise, you are not doing correct. But the truth is exercise should never hurt. Professional trainers recommend that if you feel pain when you are exercising, you stop your workout. Pain is a sign that you are doing something wrong.
Exercising should be something you enjoy or else you become disappointed and immediately quit exercising. If you are working intensely, you may feel slight discomfort but it should never get to the point where you are in actual pain.
5. If you workout, you can eat whatever you want:
This is a wrong thing to follow. If you are working with more intensity and eating whatever you like, you may injure yourself due to the over intensity of exercise.
You cannot see the desired results as you may be eating unhealthy foods also. The only way to maintain and be fit is by following a healthy exercise program and eating a healthy diet.
If you eat smaller meals five to six times and include protein, fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates, drink lots of water, you will get better results for your workouts.
6. Warm up before working out isn’t necessary:
It is wrong. You have to warm up before starting any exercise program. Gently stretching out and warming up your muscles before (and after) you exercise is the best way to prevent against painful sports injuries, including tendinitis.
7. Exercise hard all the time to lose weight:
This is absolutely not correct. If you just add a brisk walk in your exercise program, you can lose weight and can stay fit. There is no need to workout hard all the time to lose weight. Whatever the workout you follow, you have to do it on a regular basis.
8. Exercising on an empty stomach burns more calories:
Exercise on an empty stomach burns calories. But this is not true. Since exercise burns calories and an empty stomach has no calories to burn. Your body needs energy to workout and if you are working on an empty stomach, you may feel dizziness or event faint in extreme situations. You have to take some snacks before working out.
9. If you don’t look overweight, there is no need to exercise:
The fact is that you don’t appear overweight but you can still have fat inside. High body fat has been associated with a number of medical problems including heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.
Even if you don’t look fat, you have to exercise regularly to reduce the risks of medical problems.
10. Exercising the same body part regularly is the fastest way to build strength:
Exercising the same body part every day is the fastest way to cause injuries. To build strength, you want to work your muscles hard with weights to the point of exhaustion. But you need to give those muscles a day of rest and recovery. Overdoing it in the weight room on the same body part can cause serious strains and pains.