Not sure what health and fitness advice is worth taking? Some advice can be not only unhelpful, but down right unsafe. Not all fitness claims are as sound as they seem, keep reading to discover seven common health and fitness myths that are worth exploring.
No Pain, No Gain: This tip is not helpful at all, in fact, it’s down right WRONG! Exercise should be comfortable. You should be able to carry on a conversation with your friend during exercise. If you are too winded to talk, you should slow down. If you don’t, you risk harming yourself. It’s also a bad idea to pick up more weight than you are comfortable with, as a rule, if it’s uncomfortable to the point of pain, quit.
If You’re Not Sweating, It’s Not Working: This tip is also untrue, how many calories you burn has nothing to do with the amount of sweat your body produces. You could even become dehydrated if you sweat a lot and aren’t sure to replenish fluids lost during your workout. Not only that, sweating to much could lead to an electrolyte imbalance. This could cause a heart attack. So just as with tip #2 be careful, some myths are worse than useless.
Stretching First Keeps You Safe from Injury: The truth here is that there has been research suggesting that stretching before a workout may not even help prevent injuries, but it doesn’t have to be stretching, in fact, stretching has been shown NOT to help in the prevention of sports injuries. But warming up DOES help. Do warm up before a work out with several minutes of cardio, building intensity as you go, start light and within 10 minutes, be working out at the intensity that you plan on working that session.
At Home Workouts Don’t Work: This is also a myth, the truth is you don’t even need equipment at all to get the benefits of a good, solid workout. There is no need to join a gym at all to walk or jog in the local park. Even just taking the stairs at work instead can add up to health benefits in the long run. There are also plenty of exercises you can do with just your body weight as resistance, such as push-ups, pull-ups, planks, cardio, and yoga. None of these require you to purchase extra equipment and all have wonderful health benefits.
If You Exercise You Wouldn’t Have To Diet: Unfortunately this one just isn’t true either. While exercise is important to staying toned and having good stamina as well as keeping your metabolic rate at its peak, exercise alone can’t make up for over indulgence when taken to extremes. Not only that, it is important to properly fuel your body for workout.
You Can Avoid Certain Foods and Lose Weight: This myth doesn’t add up either, simply because when it comes to weight, a calorie is a calorie. It’s as simple as that. While it is important to ensure that you are packing the proper nutrients into your meals if you are dieting, whether they are nutrient rich or not, a calorie is always a calorie and an extra 3,500 is a pound, period.
Technique Doesn’t Matter as Much as Reps Do: This last myth can also be dangerous if it becomes followed advice. Technique can not be replaced by reps, and every time you do a rep with bad technique your risk ruining your workout with a nasty injury. Not just that, using technique is the way to go because it keeps you comfortable and able to workout longer without hurting yourself.