There is a lot of good information out there on the best ways to achieve your health and fitness goals. Unfortunately, for almost every good tip, there is a “tip” that is false or misleading. Bad fitness information can lead to a lot of confusion and disappointment. Read below and see if you have been led to believe one or all of these 3 common fitness lies:
1. If It Doesn’t Hurt, It Isn’t Working.
Ah. The ever so popular “no pain, no gain” philosophy. Who decided that we had to physically be hurting for it to be considered the “right” way to work out? Well, whoever it was, I’m glad I never came across them because that way of thinking is ridiculous in more than one way. Not only should you strive not to cause yourself pain in your workouts, but you also shouldn’t push to the point of sickness.
It’s really common to see first time gym goers push so far out of their comfort zone due to this hazardous way of thinking. They push so hard or are yelled at so intensely by their trainers that they end up hurting themselves or become emotionally scarred from that experience and in turn that leads them to think,” Heck no! I don’t want to ever feel like that again! If THAT is what it takes to be healthy or have a toned body…FORGET IT!”
Listen, I promise that if you are just getting into fitness, you’ll experience some levels of discomfort. Your body is going to be adjusting to all these new movements it isn’t used to doing and you are almost guaranteed to wake-up a little sore. Sitting on the toilet, reaching for something in the upper cabinets or even lifting your arm to change the radio dial may all be hard at times. But that doesn’t mean EVERY SINGLE TIME you leave the gym, you need to feel like your body is going to give out. You want to feel a struggle and you want to try and push through the challenge. Be careful though. Pushing yourself too far can cause permanent physical damage. Keep your moves anatomically correct, slow and steady and your weights just heavy enough to challenge you. You will see change over time and feel MUCH better about this approach.
2. Sit-Ups/Crunches Will Get Rid Of Stomach Fat
If I have said it once, I have said it 500 billion times: You CAN NOT pick where your body loses weight. If you are one of the many who have been led to believe that you can target an area with certain exercises and make the fat in that area just melt away, I am sorry but you have been led astray.
The most common place people want to lose weight is in their mid-section. But the way to do that isn’t by doing 100 crunches each night before bed. Sure, you are strengthening up those core muscles by doing your sit-ups and crunches, but in no way are you burning away your belly fat. The body is going to choose where it wants to lose its weight first. You literally have zero say in it. It’s common to see a heavier person have a slender and more defined face after they have been hitting the gym hard and eating better. Why? Because for some reason the face is one of the more common areas that the body chooses to take body fat away from first. It’s not ideal, but it’s incredibly common. So, keep in mind the next time you get on the crunch machine at the gym that you are doing that exercise to strengthen up your core and aid in the weight loss process. Because now you know that staying on that crunch machine for 20 minutes or doing those 100 sit-ups isn’t doing you any favors. Exercise the whole body and eat properly for the best weight loss results.
3. Weights Will Make You Bulky
False. Weights will make you whatever you choose to let them. What does that mean exactly? It means that you pick your destiny when it comes to weight training. If you want a slender toned look, you do a weight training program that supports that. If you just want to gain strength, there are programs for that as well. And of course, if you are looking to put a significant amount of muscle mass on your frame, there is a particular way to do it.
What most people don’t realize, is that it is incredibly hard to gain muscle. Doing a couple of sets of bicep curls with some 5 pound weights isn’t going to make you look like the hulk. Very particular eating and training is involved to get to that level. It also takes a significant amount of time and dedication. People that strive for that look don’t just wake up the next day big and muscular. They have put in some serious effort!
Weight and resistance training is an important part of weight loss and strength training. By building and shaping lean muscle, you are helping your body aid in fat loss all over. Don’t skip the weights and run over to the treadmill instead. Incorporate them BOTH into your workout routines- no matter what your end goal is.
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