You follow a strict exercise regimen and diet program, and yet your efforts seem to be all in vain. You begin to wonder if all your efforts (and money spent) are worth it.
Take a long, hard look at your fitness activities and beliefs—one of them may actually happen to be just a myth.
Here is a compilation of fitness myths. Time to shatter those misconceptions you have about getting fit.
Myth 1: Cardio workouts alone can help you shed pounds.
Truth: If you expect that you can lose weight just by running on the treadmill alone, you are mistaken.
According to fitness experts, a faster and more effective way to burn fats is to do focused weight training coupled with high-fiber, low-fat diet.
It makes perfect sense—weight training develops your muscles, and when you achieve so, your chance of dropping pounds is never slim. And you cab have while exercising?
Myth 2: Early morning is the best time to exercise.
Truth: If you are torn between starting or ending your day with a workout, stop overthinking and just choose the time that works better for you, considering your daily schedule.
If you prefer to go to the gym after work and before going home, go for it. If you feel that early morning workouts keep you energized throughout the day, no one should stop you from doing so.
There is no good or bad time to exercise. There are studies, though, that found that early morning exercises speed up weight loss by conditioning the body to burn more calories during the day.
Myth 3: To get flatter abs, do more crunches.
Truth: Crunches tone just a small part of your abdominal muscles, so do not count on them entirely to flatten your abs. Instead, work out your midsection by doing bridges and planks.
Myth 4: Sweating more means you get to burn more calories.
Truth: The amount of sweat you produce may be an indication of the intensity of your workout, but it does not mean you are burning more fats.
Rather, sweating is the body’s response to the heat generated, so it cools down and reduces body temperature.
On the other hand, not sweating does not necessarily mean you are not working hard enough. Weightlifters, for instance, may not be perspiring, but the heavy weights they carry are no joke. And you can also track your goals.
Myth 5: The electrolytes lost during a workout have to be replenished.
Truth: Think twice before you grab that sports drink bottle after your workout.
Water is enough to drink post-workout, and the sugar in sports drinks will only slow down your body’s ability to burn calories. You only need to replenish lost electrolytes for intense cardio exercises that last for more than an hour.
Myth 6: The more time you spend in the gym, the better.
Slaving yourself in the gym every day is a recipe for disaster. Recovery is an essential aspect of any workout, so do not take it for granted.
Schedule rest days for each week so that your body has time to improve and heal after incurring injuries or getting exhausted.