Do you ever get confused about what to believe when reading about fitness and health in magazine and on the internet?
You aren’t alone.
There is so much contrasting and opposing information out there right now it can be difficult to know what to believe.
Do not believe everything you see or read on the internet or social media. Companies will use certain tactics such as before and after photos to trick you into buying unhealthy products, or overly-complicated workout routines which claim to get amazing results. Working out and exercise isn’t a difficult thing – everyone can do it.
Here are some common workout myths I have seen floating around; are you falling for them?
THE LONGER YOUR WORKOUT, THE BETTER
UNTRUE. Being in the gym for hours doesn’t necessarily mean you have done a better job than someone who only spent 45 minutes there. There is such a thing as too much exercise and if you aren’t letting your body recover properly you may be doing more harm then good.
There is a lot of information on the internet about how long we should workout for, however you need to find what works best for you. If you start to fatigue after 40 minutes it is probably best to stop and let your body recover instead of pushing on. It all really depends on what sort of workout you are doing and your level of endurance so it is completely subjective from person to person.
YOU CAN SPOT-REDUCE FAT
NOPE, SORRY. If this was true we would all have the bodies we desire, surely?
I have seen plenty of Pinterest posts claiming they have the workout of dreams to “get rid of armpit fat” or “banish a muffin top.” These just aren’t true. If you have a problem area you need to be losing fat all-over your body and weight lifting to change your body shape. Also diet is so important – you can be working out really well but if you are eating takeaways every night you won’t be seeing results as quickly as you would if you eat a balanced diet.
THE MORE YOU SWEAT, THE MORE FAT YOU LOSE
FALSE. The saying ‘sweat is fat crying’ is everywhere on the internet however it is not true. Some people naturally sweat more than others so it isn’t necessarily something that can be controlled and it isn’t an indicator of how much you have worked.
Sweating is the body’s way of regulating heat and temperature, it doesn’t aid fat loss. Forcing yourself to sweat more by working out in high heat or wearing heavy clothes won’t lead to additional fat loss. The most important thing you ‘lose’ from sweating is fluid – so make sure you hydrate yourself shortly after exercise.
IF YOU DON’T HAVE DOMS YOU DIDN’T WORK HARD ENOUGH
SO NOT TRUE. We all read on social media about how bad everyone’s DOMS are the day after a workout – but what if you don’t experience them? It certainly doesn’t mean you didn’t work hard or are not going to get results.
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness is caused from muscle fibers being torn during a workout session, and from this inflammation happens as a result which is why we feel sore. However, it is possible not to experience this soreness, so don’t panic! Your muscles are still growing even if you aren’t doubled over in paint he next day.
SIT-UPS WILL GET YOU ABS
NOT NECESSARILY. If you have a layer of fat covering your middle your abs have little chance of making an appearance. Sit-ups are a great exercise to strengthen your core and endurance, however don’t expect a six pack to appear if you still need to lose body fat.
For most of us having a visible six pack and abs is not a sustainable thing – and that is completely ok! Don’t feel pressured by what you see on social media or fall for flat tummy teas.
YOU SHOULD WORK OUT EVERY DAY
DEFINITELY NOT. Recovery is so important and should be treated with the same importance as working out itself. If you don’t rest, your body will not recover and grow, and you are more likely to get ill. When I was over-exercising I would be in the gym 5 or 6 days a week doing 2 hour workouts and I ran myself into the ground as my body just wasn’t recovering properly.
Over-exercising can cause a weight loss plateau, exhaustion, trouble sleeping, mood swings and ultimately a burnout! Take care of yourself.