The world of fitness can be hard, especially for beginners. Exercising and eating right is hard enough without all the misinformation flying around. Here are 5 of the biggest fitness myths that need to be put to rest:
#1 Cardio is the only way to burn fat
Yes, cardiovascular exercise does burn fat – but so does strength training. Many people get so focused running miles or attending cycling classes that they completely overlook strength training.
Strength training has many benefits, including promoting bone health. At its core, strength training increases muscle mass. More muscles lead to a higher metabolism – which means your body burns more calories at rest than it would otherwise. Both cardio and strength training burn fat. And they are equally important.
#2 Muscle weighs more than fat
Let’s be clear: 1 pound = 1 pound, no matter what it is. Muscle is denser than fat, however, which means that one pound of muscle takes up a lot less space than one pound of fat.
At you start to lose weight, the number on the scale might not be moving as much as you would like. This is because you’re gaining muscle mass while losing fat. Get over this frustration by weighting yourself less often. If you look in the mirror and notice improvement, you’re on track.
#3 Working out for less than an hour is pointless
This couldn’t be farther from the truth! In fact, studies show that smaller, more frequent workouts provide far better results than do fewer, extended workouts. HIIT (high intensity interval training) has been shown to boost metabolism for hours afterwards. Short periods of jogging have also been linked to improved heart health.
If you only have 20 minutes to workout, don’t worry. It certainly does make a difference. Short periods of exercise throughout the day can really add up.
#4 It’s all about BMI (body mass index)
Contrary to popular belief, fitness is not all about your BMI. In reality, body mass index is an oversimplified view of fitness and health. Muscular individuals often have high BMIS, but are completely healthy. Don’t focus on your BMI. Instead, forget the numbers, set goals, and work towards them.
#5 Girls get bulky when they lift
As I mentioned above, strength training is important. Never avoid lifting weights for fear of getting bulky. Women will not develop man-sized muscles simply from lifting a few weights. With lower testosterone levels, girls simply do not develop muscle the same way men do. Women will grow leaner and stronger with strength training – something that is very important as we grow older