It is time to expose the 10 common fitness myths that are often misunderstood to be true.
1) Myth : The more you sweat, the more calories you burn.
Fact : Sweat does not equal to calorie burn. When your body temperature rises, brain is signalled to produce sweat to cool down your body and regulate the temperature. It is basically an indicator of rising body temperature and nothing to do with calorie burn. If the workout is right, you will burn calories even without sweating.
2) Myth : Sleeping less leads to weight loss.
Fact : While sleeping excessively is not advisable. Adequate sleep of 8 hours is as important as other factors in weight loss. Apart from the calorie burn during sleep, rejuvenation is much-needed. On the contrary, it is sleep deprivation that could trigger obesity.
3) Myth : Spot reduction is possible.
Fact : Fat can never be reduced from a certain part of the body. Fats are basically Adipose tissues which are spread around the whole body, underneath the skin. A particular muscle area for strengthening can be targeted but you cannot target and control a particular tissue by workout.
4) Myth : More you work out, the better.
Fact : It is not the hours you workout but how effective you work out is what matters. Additionally, taking rest days is crucial too, specially after muscle strengthening exercises to give time for the muscle tear to repair and grow.
5) Myth : Big muscle workout is same as strong muscle workout.
Fact : If you need beefed up muscles you need to focus on hypertrophy workout which includes heavy weights, more repetitions with less intervals. Muscle strengthening is a different workout altogether and you may not bulk up until combined with the former. You may also notice that sport athletes focus on strengthening and the body builders are often focussing on hypertrophy to showcase pumped up muscles.
6) Myth : Cardio first, weight training next.
Fact : A cardio workout needs to be after training as cardio uses up glycogen levels, leaving less energy for weight training. Taking up weight training first also helps in increasing levels of testosterone and cortisol, essential for a good workout.
7) Myth : Pre-workout stretch is good.
Fact : While a dynamic stretch of controlled movements is good to get you started, a static stretch of challenging moves and stretching excessively could loosen tendons and muscles adversely affecting the muscle performance.
8) Myth : Crunches help you lose belly fat.
Fact : Crunches are designed to tone and empower abdominal muscles. While you might see your abs toning partly, the body fat remains static and you do not lose any fat until combined with other fat burning exercises.
9) Myth : Women bulk up with weight training.
Fact : Women have low testosterone levels when compared to men, so naturally even after strength training they cannot get beefy until combined with steroids or rigorous workout. In fact, strength training is important for getting an appealing form and an effective calorie burn.
10) Myth : Not to eat before workout.
Fact : While consumption right before workout is bad, it is advisable to eat 30-40 minutes before the workout so that your fat burn is effectively targeted. Additionally, having carbohydrates before workout helps muscle strengthening workouts.
So, let not these fitness myths hinder you on your path to a healthy and fit life and with this, pursue your fitness journey in the correct way.
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