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‘No pain, no gain?’: Expert busts some popular fitness myths

With the increasing popularity of influencers and a social media culture that rewards ‘perfection’, fitness, for many, has now become a trend, instead of something you pursue to live a healthy life. As with the growing influence of any trend — there are always myths that come with it that you shouldn’t blindly believe.

As such, Anavi Someshwar, a fitness instructor, has dispelled some such common myths which the expert believes to be completely untrue.

The more you sweat, the more calories you burn

Sweat and burning calories is not directly proportional. If you can work out on a hot sunny day and sweat more, and do the same workout in an air-conditioned room, you’ll still burn the same amount of calories,” she explained.

Crunches will give you the sculpted abs you’ve been dreaming of

Avani said that you can do 100 crunches for 100 days and still not see any abs in sight. “Instead, focus on a mix of strength training and endurance training while you’re driving nutrition to develop abs.”

No pain no gain

“It’s definitely a mantra you don’t want to follow,” she said. “Experience zero to light soreness for 24-48 hours after a workout is acceptable, but anything beyond that after each workout could be a sign of something more serious.”

You can exercise to lose weight in certain places on your body

“Spot reduction is not a real thing,” Avani explained, adding that the concept of weight loss is simple – consume fewer calories than you burn. “The body decides where to burn the fat from. However, exercising certain muscles of the body helps to strengthen the muscle, which makes it look leaner.”

Cardio is the only way to lose weight and lifting heavy weights should only be done to gain bulk

“Absolutely not! For the best results in weight loss and gaining strength, it’s important to have a good mix of both strength training and cardio. Also, don’t miss out on eating the right kind of food and sticking to your daily calorie intake and macros,” the fitness expert concluded.

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