The new year will soon be upon us. You know what the means? Many men and women will make a vow (to themselves) to lose weight, and get back in shape. What happens, though? Most men and women end up stopping their resolve by the middle of the month.
The reason is that many fall prey to false facts about working out and weight loss (fitness in general). They believe something that someone else has told them. And a few weeks later, nothing is working out (literally and figuratively).
That, ladies and gentlemen, is why we are here today.
We are here to debunk several of the myths currently going on in the world of fitness, particularly, concerning body weight and other fitness tidbits.
Lifting any kind of weight will bulk women up
It is sort of impossible for a woman to "bulk up" after a regular exercise session. The reason is that women do not have as much testosterone as men do. That is why it is easier for men to do it.
Do you want to lose some weight in the new year?
There are two things you need to focus on. One is strength training. The second is eating right. You need to keep both in check if weight loss is your ultimate goal. That is why some women fall off the wagon, as it were. They get advice which is bad for them.
Stay focused on strength training and eating right.
You can focus on losing fat from certain parts of your body
That is called spot training. As much as we would like to believe it is real, it is not. The reason is that all fat cells are equally distributed throughout your whole body. There is no way to isolate everything into one area.
Say, for example, that you want to lose some weight in your hips or thigh area. The sensible thing to do is eat right and work out the bodyweight naturally. There is no way you can isolate everything.
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Running is bad for your knees
To be fair, I actually believed this one too (for a while). According to many studies, running can actually reduce inflammation in the knee joints (Cited through a Bringham Young University study).
According to the same studies (from Bringham Young), running might actually protect your knees later down the road. Most of the knee issues men and women face appear to be genetic.
The point is, you can still run if your heart is in it. You should seek medical attention if it begins to hurt more than once or twice after running.
Cardio will save the day
Once again, the answer is no. Cardio can help you down the path. However, developing lean muscle mass is what really helps in the end. That is why you need a combination of both cardio and strength training (as mentioned above) to help you on your way.
I feel sore
Some attribute feeling sore to not have a great workout. The opposite is true. It also means that a high-intensity application was applied to those tissues. The best thing to do is recover from the soreness before attempting more workouts.
A few things you can do include getting some sleep, staying hydrated, and refueling after your workout. That will minimize the soreness with your next workout.
Once more, soreness is just an indicator that you have been working the right muscles. You also need to take steps to repair the muscle tissue.
I should workout on an empty stomach
Once again, this is a common myth that needs to be debunked right now. It is not entirely untrue, but not entirely true either.
Working out on an empty stomach is not going to help your body weight goals (at least not in the long-term anyway). The answer to this is kind of half-true. What does not make it true is how your body feels in the morning. As you wake up, your body is deprived of certain nutrients that you need to burn the fat during the workout.
That means your body is going to go to your fat store deposits. That is bad because that is going to minimize the muscle you develop. That is why you do need to eat something (even just a little something).
Working with proper nutrients is also going to give you poor performance with your workout. The point is, while part of this is true, the more important component is not.
You need something so that your fat store deposits do not get used up.
FYI: Those internal fat store deposits help to develop lean muscle mass. A lack of those nutrients will defeat anything you are trying to do.
I sweat so much. I must be burning a lot of calories.
Once again, we are dealing with somewhat is only half-true. A tough workout is going to increase your body temperature, yes. As your body temperature increases, you begin to sweat more (that much is true). Some people assume that your body is trying to cool itself down, which is why you sweat. Your body is becoming overheated. That is only half-true.
What is actually cooling you down is the evaporation of the sweat. The reason that some believe this is due to humidity. It is only natural that your body temp will increase to fight off the humidity. However, humidity cannot allow sweat to evaporate. That is why you feel like you are sweating more when you are not.
All we are saying is be careful when you exercise in humid weather. You might not be sweating as much as you think.
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