5 Fit Myths Debunked
Written by: Bailey Brown
The New Year is finally here and we’re all working on our fitness, right? I know that when I started working out I had no idea what I was doing. I was hitting the gym every day but I never saw a difference in my body! Luckily trial and error, research and talking to fitness experts have helped me debunk the following myths.
Myth 1: Lifting Weights Will Make You Bulky. FALSE! This is one that I used to be so worried about. I’d whine “But I don’t want to make my thighs bigger!” or “I don’t want man shoulders!” Luckily I listened to the advice of a personal trainers and developed a weight routine. Not using 3 lb. weights either! No. No no no. Unless you’re a toddler please smarten up and lift weights heavier than your purse. Women simply do not make enough testosterone to bulk up. Lifting weights just gives you definition and shape. This will make the biggest change in getting you a sexy, toned body.
Myth 2: You Can Spot Reduce. Okay, how many people are guilty of doing a million crunches in hopes of getting a 6 pack? Me too, and guess what? Never going to happen. To notice a change in your problem areas you need to reduce fat all over with a clean diet and cardio to shed fat, then sculpt the areas with weights to firm up the areas. PS I am obsessed with planks for abs, I have almost a 2 pack now.
Myth 3: Long Cardio Is The Best For Weight Loss. I used to go to the gym every day and elliptical for an hour. In this hour I would watch Real Housewives, text my friends and never break a sweat. Surprise. I also never noticed any difference in my skinny-fat body. It’s not duration in this case it’s the intensity. It’s way better to do a 15-20 minute HIIT, plyometric or kickboxing workout that to elliptical for an hour. You will be focused the whole time, sweat your balls off and burn more calories throughout the day after your workout.
Myth 4: You Should Work Out Every Day. This is so false. First of all, if you workout everyday your body never has time to rest, repair and recuperate which means you can’t make any fitness gains. Also you can become over exhausted and obsessive. Aiming for 3-5 workouts a week is really good. Then working out is something you enjoy and do to love your body, not punish it.
Myth 5: You Can Eat Whatever You Want If You Workout. Okay… this one really sucks. I used to love going to Menchie’s (self-serve fro-yo with amazing toppings) on the way home from the gym. Unfortunate as it is, unless you’re an athlete training intensely for hours a day, you still need to eat a healthy diet to see results. People also tend to overestimate the calories they burn workout out and eat way more than they need, which can lead to weight gain. Very counter-productive.
Hopefully that cleared some things up for you! I sure wish I had listened to all that advice sooner!
Natural Nutrition Student