The Top 8 Fitness Myths – Busted!

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We’ve all heard them, whether it’s from a gym mate or a personal trainer, a number of fitness misconceptions circulating around out there. So let’s have a look at some of the worst offenders and start improving your training routine!

8. Crunches help you lose abdominal fat

Crunches will tone your stomach muscles, but they will not remove the fat layer that sits on top of them. So, you can do crunches until you can no longer sit up, but crunches alone will not tone your stomach. You can’t pick and choose where you want to lose weight. Crunches will not help you lose weight in that area. You should design a routine that has both cardiovascular and strength-training elements to burn fat.

7. Fat can be reduced to one area at a time

You can’t pick and choose where you want to lose weight. The appearance of a toned body is largely determined by one factor: body fat percentage. Overall body fat can be reduced with interval and strength training, but it ultimately boils down to exercise and food.

6. If you’re not sweating, you’re not working hard enough

Simply put, the quantity of perspiration determines the workout’s quality. Sweating is the body’s natural cooling mechanism. So, if you’re sweating, it just implies you’re hot. In reality, there is no connection between sweating and weight loss. Calorie burning can be performed in a variety of methods, not all of which need sweating.

5. Drinking water can help you drop weight

Water is the most important factor in keeping our bodies in good working order. While rehydrating with water will not help you lose weight. However, substituting water for sugary sodas and fruit juices can help you lose weight.

4. Stretching before a workout is important to avoid injury

While this myth has some truth to it, it’s the type of stretching you should focus on when it comes to injury prevention. Simple stretches are more likely to cause damage. Warming up with light cardio and “dynamic” stretches connected to the activity you’re about to conduct is recommended to prepare your muscles.

3. Cardio is better for weight loss than lifting

When it comes to losing weight, everyone is all about cardio. Interval exercise and lifting weights, on the other hand, are far better approaches to losing weight and fat.

2. I can eat whatever I want as long as I exercise

Math is the key to losing weight. One of the most common misconceptions is that treating yourself to unhealthy snacks is acceptable. However, it is harmful to your health and makes achieving your fitness goals nearly hard. Exercise and a healthy diet go hand in hand. Furthermore, exercising should not be used as an excuse to eat unhealthy foods.

1. No Pain, No Gain

Pain and soreness should not be used to determine whether or not you worked out effectively.  It could, on the other hand, indicate that your muscle tissue has torn. Workouts involving repetitive movements might aggravate the tear, leading to a more serious injury over time.

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