There are so many fitness myths that are out there. They start from a single source and spread like a wild fire and then people treats them as fact. Be warned – you need to be sceptical and question these facts as any good personal trainer would! Let’s look at some of them.
Myths 1: It takes 21 days to break a bad habit or to start a new one
Not true! There is no timeframe for making lasting changes to your fitness regime. Some people can start a new habit in only a few days while others may take weeks to months or even years. Adaption time is a function of the specific habit as well as the individual. If you are going to try something new, such as an exercise regime with a personal trainer, give yourself time to fall into a routine – it may not happen overnight or in 21 days.
Myth 2: Muscles turn into fat (or the other way around)
This is also nonsense as muscle and fat tissue are entirely different and one cannot become the other. Once you stop exercising, you will lose muscle mass. You gain weight by eating more calories than you burn off. So if you stop exercising be sure to eat less to avoid weight gain.
Myth 3: Oil lubricates the joints
This isn’t true – well not in the way you think it might be. Omega 3 fatty acids may help ease joint pain as they reduce inflammation, which lessens pain within joints. Studies have shown that people who take fish oil supplements reported reduced morning stiffness, less joint swelling and pain, and a decreased need for anti-inflammatory medication.
Myth 4: Women need to do different exercise than men
Men and woman have the same body structure but different hormonal make-up, which means that that men have more muscle strength than women. This however does not mean that they should workout differently.
Myth 5: You can just start toning muscles
This isn’t true as you can only lose fat as your muscles are already toned under your layers of fat – otherwise you would not have been able to move around if you had no muscle tone. It’s important to fix your diet first and then combine it with a good exercise regime.
Myth 6: Women should lift lighter weights and do higher repetitions than men
This isn’t true as women will not bulk up from lifting weights unless they are using some chemical substance. A woman’s testosterone levels are lower than a man’s which means they will only be able to lift lighter weights than men. There needs to be some resistance to the muscle for it to create changes, which means everyone should lift a weight that challenges their own bodies. If you are unsure about what weight is correct for you to be lifting, you should consult your personal trainer.
Myth 7: The more you sweat, the more fat you lose
Sweat has nothing to do with intensity: it is your body’s way of getting rid of excess heat. Fat gets oxidised within your body and it will not be able to vaporise while your are sweating.
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