One of the biggest problems for the average fitness enthusiast that wants to get in shape is they don’t know what is the right answer when it comes to some of the basic common exercise tips. The reason is because there is so much misinformation on the internet by so many self-proclaimed fitness experts. Some of them may look the part physically but may not have science to back their claims.
So if someone is trying to get in better shape how do you sift through what are correct vs incorrect? There are so many myths in the fitness industry that people will swear up and down is 100% correct. And frankly it’s not their fault because when you reading something from an expert that has some educational credentials and is saying something that sounds right then why would you question that.
Anybody that wants to get in better shape just wants to know what they can and can’t do so they can achieve the fitness goals the healthy way. So let’s talk about some of the biggest exercise and fitness myths and debunk them. The purpose of this is to change any old thinking you may have about anything fitness and exercise related and inject the right information to your head like a huge lightbulb to help change old thoughts.
True or False- You need to train 7 days a week to get the best shape of your life. False. Your body builds lean muscle when it’s resting not when you are training. You are tearing down your muscles when you are training but they need time to recuperate and repair. And the only way it does that is when you are resting. Your body needs to rest after training 3 to 5 days a week from a recovery standpoint. Training 7 days a week is a recipe for disaster when it comes to trying to achieve your fitness goals.
True or False- To achieve washboard abs all you have to do is abs exercises every day and nothing else? False. There is not an abs machine or an abs exercise that will help you get washboard abs by itself. There is saying that abs is made in the kitchen not in the gym. Washboard abs is indicative of one thing low body-fat. If you are body-fat is high you won’t see your abs if your body-fat low then you will see your abs. On an average for a male to have washboard abs his body-fat has to be at least 12% or lower and for a woman to see her abs her body-fat has to be at least 14% and lower. Eating a clean healthy balanced diet is one of the biggest components in helping you reduce body-fat to help those abs to come out of the hibernation fat.
And also incorporating a total body conditioning program that involves a cardio/strength training program that will allow you to burn calories every day which also speeds up your metabolism.
True or False- Sweating is not an indication of how many calories burned? True. There are still people that think if they are drenched in sweat after a workout compared to the next person who didn’t sweat at all that they burned more calories. For the record when your body temperature gets too hot sweat is just a sign to tell that your body it is cooling off. It doesn’t mean you had a better workout. People that are overweight or obese tend to sweat more than the average person because their fat is kind of like an insulator. It is always funny when I see people that wear these extra garments on their body when they are doing cardio because they think they are going to lose more weight because they will sweat more. Any weight loss that happens immediately after a workout is just water loss and once you hydrate yourself you will gain that weight back immediately. Never use sweat as an indicator that your daily calorie burning is on some Billy Blanks Taebo level.
True or False-Will lifting weights make women look bulky and for that women should never lift weights? False. Even in 2016 unfortunately there are still women for some strange reason that think if they weight-train they will look like the incredible hulk Lou Ferrigno. Women don’t produce enough testosterone to look bulky through weight-training. For a woman to look bulky if she weight-trains she would have to take PED’s or some form of steroids and also have to consume an enormous of calories to achieve that look. Lifting weights for women is one of the best ways to shape and tone the overall body as well as speed up the metabolism. All the benefits from weight-training are all positive and there is not one negative thing that any expert can say that will hurt any female when trying to get in better shape. Bottom line women you will not like a man if you pick up a weight. If you are serious about wanting to get in better shape weight-training is very important.