Fitness Myths

6 fitness myths that many people believe to be true but aren’t

You’ve probably heard a million myths about fitness that you believe. But none of them are true! Did you know that you can even develop bad habits that can hinder your fitness goals? It is quite essential to know the “science” of how your body reacts and reacts to certain things. It is crucial to stay away from these misconceptions that can sabotage the efforts you have put into your fitness journey. Today we discuss the 5 most common fitness myths that you should stop believing.

6 commonly believed fitness myths

Here are 5 of the most common fitness myths that people think are true, but aren’t!

Myth 1: I can eat whatever I want if I exercise

“I exercise so I can eat all I want!” Fitness is a dynamic industry where you can join a new class to stay fit or take a new approach to working out your chest. However, there is one exception to this rule, and that is the fact that you cannot exercise a poor diet!

What you put in your body will have an impact on the way you look. You need to change your lifestyle if you want to achieve your fitness goals. Many people believe that exercise will help them lose weight, become healthier or improve their physical appearance. Actually, only 15-20 percent of the battle is won by it. The remaining 80-85 percent is all about what you eat. You will never be able to reach your fitness goals without giving your body the right nutrition.

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Myth 2: Lifting weights will make you look bulky!

You will not gain muscle mass by lifting heavy weights. However, you will experience other positive effects, including increased calorie burning as your body works harder to move and lift the heavy weight. Second, you’ll shape your physique or give more definition to the muscles you’re focusing on. Lifting weights will increase the total number of muscle fibers and strengthen your muscles. The main misconception is that using weights will make you look bulky. No, it doesn’t, and it won’t.

Myth 3: I can reduce abdominal fat by exercising my abs

Strengthening your core offers a host of benefits of its own. This is another good reason to exercise your abs. However, your body will eventually extract fat from where it wants to. You won’t necessarily lose abdominal fat just because you do 100 sit-ups every day. The best approach to weight loss is to eat healthy, exercise regularly and get enough sleep. Spot reduction is a myth you shouldn’t believe!

Myth 4: Cardio is the best way to lose weight

Cardio can be very effective at burning calories when you exercise, but increasing more lean muscle mass will allow you to burn more calories while resting! This helps create the necessary calorie deficit for weight loss. For the best outcome, a combination of high-intensity aerobic exercise and strength training is recommended. Of course, it is also important to eat properly, get enough sleep and reduce stress. So, focusing only on cardio will not result in the weight loss you want.

Myth 5: No pain, no gain!

I hear this one often. This myth is very common as many individuals believe that exercise must hurt. I must first explain the distinction between discomfort and pain or injury. In the world of fitness, discomfort is the burning, sore sensation that follows a workout and lasts for several days. In contrast, pain or soreness is a powerful, intense feeling that is challenging to ignore. Healing takes longer than just a few days. Therefore, it is completely natural to feel uncomfortable and sore after a strenuous workout; however, if you experience pain while exercising, this is a warning.

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If a specific area hurts during the workout, you must stop immediately to avoid further damage. This myth really comes into play when certain individuals fail to distinguish between discomfort and pain, and continue to “push through the pain” in the belief that it is the only way to advance or achieve desired goals.

Myth 6: Whey proteins can damage the kidneys

You consume a variety of proteins as part of your daily diet and are not worried about your protein consumption, but when it comes to whey, all these unfounded assumptions are made. The fact is that any protein taken in excess can harm the kidneys; and it is not specific to whey.

However, you need to watch how much protein you eat. Protein intake of 0.8-1 g per kg of body weight is recommended. When whey protein is taken within the prescribed allowance, it should not be harmful. There is also no concrete research or data to support its negative effects on the kidneys. Before starting a whey supplement, people who already have kidney problems or who have a family history of kidney disease are encouraged to talk to a doctor. It is best to buy high quality whey and follow the dosage instructions while maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise routine.

Consult: Be sure to consult a doctor before making any changes in your lifestyle.

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