In this day and age where everything seems to be just a click away, people can easily get misguided with conflicting information. Whether you are chatting with your friends, reading workout book, or researching online, you will hear and read plenty of advice about working out. Some may be true, most probably are not.
If you are killing your workouts but not seeing results, there’s a good chance that you have fallen victim to bad advice. Regardless whether you are staying in shape or dropping some pounds, it is important to separate fact from fiction. Learn to tell apart the truths and lies that shape the world of fitness. Here are some of the most common misconceptions about exercise that should be laid to rest.
Myth #1: Doing Crunches is the Best Way to Get Flat Abs
Crunches do not actually burn off calories that much, hence doing crunches will not help you lose fat — at least not in a major way, according to Quincy College Professor of Exercise Science, Wayne Westcott.
Crunches may tone a small portion of your midsection. But exercises that involve your shoulders and butt have been found to be more effective at engaging your entire core. In other words, moves like bridges and planks are better alternatives to slim your waist.
Moreover, if you are trying to lose stomach fat, even a million ab workouts will not help flatten your tummy. If you want to trim those layers of fat, burning calories through consistent and regular cardio will do the trick.
Myth #2: You Have to Sweat to See Results
This is not necessarily true. Sweat is just your body’s way of cooling itself. So even if you are not dripping in sweat, you can still burn lots of calories in various ways. Pilates and barre classes, for instance, offer small isometric movements that can seriously tax your muscles without you having to break a sweat.
Myth #3: Weight Lifting Bulks Up Women
While it is true that women who lift will eventually become progressively stronger, weight lifting will not, in any way, turn a woman into a female version of Hulk. In order to bulk up, women need testosterone — lots of it.
Typically, though, a woman produces only a fraction of this muscle-building hormone, so it is quite impossible for even serious female weightlifters to build large muscles similar to male bodybuilders. Unless, of course, they inject themselves with the hormone to super enhance their muscular development.
Another fact: Although heavier, muscles take less room than fat. Thus, anyone who undergoes strength training loses inches.
Myth #4: If It’s Painful, It’s Effective
Working out should not be painful. If you are feeling pain during a movement, there is probably something wrong. When exercising, it is vital that you distinguish between sharp muscle or joint pain and mere muscle fatigue. Listen to your body. If you feel uncomfortable or shooting pain, stop and take a short break.
What bad workout advice have you received in the past? Share your experience in the comments!