10 Exercise Myths
Happy Saturday loves!!! Sorry I’ve been away but I’m back. Hope you didn’t miss me too much
I came across this article that was tweeted and figured it would be good to talk about.
CNN.COM has composed a list of exercise myths that have come apparent due to people wanting to maximize their results at the gym while minimizing the amount of time spent.
10) Your cardio machine is counting the calories you’re burning.
It isn’t accurate and doesn’t mean squat. Since it doesn’t ask for your body composition, the numbers the machine spits out should not be accounted for.
9) Women shouldn’t lift weights because it’ll make them bulky.
I’ve already said this once before but women don’t turn into bodybuilders over night. It takes a lot of muscle overload to bulk up. Since women have large amounts of estrogen they won’t build muscle as fast as men do. Strength training helps decrease body fat and keeps you lean, so lift girls lift!
8 ) Heart rate monitors will let you know how hard you’re working.
Your own body is the only test of how hard you are working. Know your body’s signals and use that as your point of reference.
7) Your weight is the end all, be all.
Health isn’t determined by your weight, there are many other factors involved in a healthy lifestyle. Don’t only rely on the number your scale spits out, but on other numbers such as cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
6) Low-intensity exercise burns more fat.
Low intensity cardio is good to relieve stress on the joints, but the more intensely you exercise the more carbs you burn. When all carbs are used up, then your body will start to burn fat.
5) Chug a protein shake after workout.
Although a protein shake is good for emergencies it is the lowest quality of food. Eat real foods that are not so processed.
4) You can spot reduce for tight abs or toned arms.
You need to get rid of the fat before you can see the muscle, so train your entire body not just one area.
3) As long as I go to the gym 30-45 minutes, that gives me a pass to do what I want for rest of the day.
You can’t believe how many times I’ve heard the reasoning behind a work out. “If I run on the treadmill I can eat a cheeseburger with a milkshake, after all they cancel each other out right?” You need a good diet to get the most out of your workouts.
2) No pain, no gain.
Discomfort during a workout is acceptable, pain is not. If you ever feel intense pain you should immediately stop whatever is it that you’re doing. This makes you more at risk for an injury or wearing the muscles out.
1) Stretching will help prevent injuries.
There is a difference between stretching and warming up. You should warm up to help loosen the muscle but stretching can be counterproductive.
“A study published this month in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that static stretches that last longer than a minute could be detrimental to performance.”
Well there you have it!! Hope you are all having a great weekend as I enjoy this great breakfast
Did you use to believe any of these exercise myths?