These day’s everyone is talking about fitness.
We are all looking for ways to lose weight and get into shape quickly, right?
Being a doctor and personal trainer, I get really frustrated when I see unqualifiedindividuals promoting fitness methods that are unsafe and unproven.
I mean, if I see another advert for skinny tummy detox teas – I think I will actually go bonkers!
When you start to exercise for the first time, you search the internet for information and guidance. You search for any workouts for beginners and all the stuff you can find on how to lose weight.
It can be easy to fall into the traps of common fitness myths that ain’t going to help you reach your goal.
Actually, they will probably make it harder. And make you frustrated.
The problem with the fitness industry
With the fitness industry growing exponentially in the last few years, it has become a breeding ground for companies to make products that have big claims attached.
Anything labelled “low fat”, “healthy”, “low calories”, or “high in protein” tends to sell.
The only thing they really do is cause your wallet to lose money, not your body lose weight! Everyone wants a piece of the money cake.
The formula for good health is pretty simply, though can be hard to put into practice:
Eat well + move lots + destress
How do you know what is a myth and what might have some value?
Here are 6 common fitness myths and misconceptions debunked.
You can reduce fat in one area
You cannot spot reduce fat where you choose to.
Targeted fat loss to get a flat belly is just not possible. The same way we are unable to control where our body dumps out fat, we cannot choose where you lose body fat from!
Your body will break down fat from different regions of your body at different rates. This is not under your control.
The best thing to do is concentrate on improving your diet and exercise regularly for overall health and fat reduction.
Lifting weights will make you bulky
Will lifting weights make me bulky?
This is a common workout myth and misconception many women feel is a fitness truth.
Women do not have the hormonal make up to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger after a few weighted squats.
Through using weights as a form of resistance training, you can build your muscle strength and attain a toned appearance.
Weight lifting for women is known to help increase fat loss as well as strengthen the bones.
This does not mean lifting weights is for everyone but don’t fear it for no reason!
Lots of sit ups will give you abs
While core exercises build strength in the muscles that form the abs, exercises for a flat belly will not work on their own.
You will not get a flat stomach from doing 100 sit ups a day. Also, 3 day flat belly detoxes certainly will not do it either.
Reducing fat that covers the abdominal area as well as building core strength will together help you get a flat stomach.
It takes time.
Searching how to get a flat belly overnight is going to give you nothing but fitness and nutrition myths to help you on your way!
The sweat means you are losing fat
Does sweating mean weight loss?
Erm, kind of but not really.
When you sweat, you lose water. Water loss gives you temporary weight loss which lasts for the short period of time before you fill yourself up with fluid again.
Sweating is your body’s way of dealing with the change in temperature you get from the environment and exerting yourself.
While it demonstrates hard work, it does not have a direct link to how much fat loss you achieved during your workout.
Sitting in a sauna instead of eating well and kicking your ass with exercise is not going to help you burn more fat quickly.
Running is the only way to get in shape
Cardiovascular exercise is important for a healthy heart.
This does not mean you have to enjoy running!
There are so many different types of cardio exercises.
Taking part in high intensity interval training circuits is a great way to use a short space of time to burn high amounts of calories.
You have to workout everyday
Quality over quantity is a key concept to hold when working on your fitness.
Going to the gym and exercising everyday is one fitness myth that is detrimental to your goals. You are less likely to perform to your optimal ability if you are not giving your body rest.
Over exercising can leave you at risk of having an injury. It can also lead to a negative mindset and attachment to feeling like you need to go to the gym no matter what.
Can you achieve great results by working out 3 days a week? Absolutely!