Unfortunately the fitness world is full of different types of information and a lot of it is incorrect. A lot of this incorrect information can lead to disappointment, can hold you back at they gym or may even lead to injury!
Below are 5 fitness myths you may have heard and the actual fact behind them!
Myth 1 — If you are a woman and you lift weights – you will start to look like a man!
Testosterone is what is responsible for developing those big muscles that you see in men. Women only produce a fraction of the testosterone that men do and without it you will not wind up with big, bulky muscles – even if you lift heavy weights.
Myth 2 — The more you sweat, the more weight you will lose!
Lots of people incorrectly believe that sweat equals weight loss. In truth, sweat is just the body’s way of cooling your skin down and regulating your internal body temperature. In fact intense sweating is likely to be the result of an overheated gym or a hot day and can actually be a warning that you are overdoing it!
Myth 3 — Exercise will lead to weight loss!
The truth is exercise can help you to lose weight, but weight loss requires a healthy diet in addition to exercise. The amount of extra calories you burn when exercising can be very misleading. Walking or running a mile burns around 100 calories – but sitting still for the same amount of time burns 50-60 calories. The real weight loss benefits from exercise come from increasing your metabolism as you build muscle as well as added calories burned as you add intensity and duration.
Myth 4 — You must stretch before working out to avoid injury!
So aggressive stretching before a workout can actually lead to injury. Experts advise that you warm up by easing into the exercises you plan to do. So if you are going for a run, start by spending 5 minutes walking briskly. If you are lifting weights, spend 5 minutes practising your lifts with just your body weight. Stretching IS an important part of any fitness regime but flexibility is best achieved by stretching when muscles are already warm.
Myth 5 — Running indoors puts less stress on your joints that running outdoors!
It is the force of your body weight, not the running surface that creates stress on your joints. The best way to reduce stress on your joints is to vary your workouts. Try alternating running with other cardio activities like cycling or swimming, which are easier on your joints.
From the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire