5 Workout Myths Debunked
When it comes to health and fitness, there are a lot of myths and urban legends floating around. Unfortunately, these often lead people down the wrong path, making it harder to slim down, get fit and get healthy.
Today, I want to debunk some of these myths, so you can have the best, most successful health journey possible!
Myth 1: You have to work out 4 to 5 times a week for it to be effective.
The truth is, working out just one or twice a week is enough to improve your cardiovascular health and jumpstart your metabolism. While you certainly can workout four or five times a week, simply making an effort to move more and stay active should be enough – especially if you’re eating well. In fact, eating clean is 80% of it. And remember, rest days are just as important as gym days! They allow your body to recover and build up that muscle.
Myth 2: The more you sweat, the better workout you’ve had.
Sweat is simply your body’s biological response to heat. It’s meant to cool your skin and regulate your internal body temperature. If you’re sweating a lot more than usual, it could just be due to the temperatures outside or those in the room you’re working out in. It’s doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve burned more calories or done more work, so don’t be fooled!
Myth 3: If you want to shed pounds, don’t do strength training exercises.
Strength training is crucial to not only maintaining a healthy weight, but also to building up your metabolism. When you strength train you build up muscle. This muscle makes cardio easier and more effective, and it boosts your metabolism (even at rest), as your body now has more tissues to feed.
Myth 4: Crunches are the only way to a flat stomach.
While crunches can certainly strength certain abdominal muscles, their effects are only visible if there’s minimal fat to hide them. Crunches don’t burn a lot of calories, and they don’t really help you shed fat. Because of this, you’re typically better served by doing planks or bridges, as these work your abs, while also burning calories and all-over body fat.
Myth 5: More pain equals more gain.
After a good workout session you should definitely feel some soreness for a day or two after, but you should never feel pain during your workout. If you’re feeling pain in the midst of an exercise, you’re doing it wrong or you’ve suffered an injury. You should stop, give it a break, and see if the pain subsides. Don’t keep training or you could injure yourself further.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for another post to help you on your journey!
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