5 Fitness myths you need to know
Hi guys, I hope you all are loving this heat!
The summer time heat means BBQ’s, trips to the lake and last minute efforts to shed those stubborn pounds and inches.
Before you dive deep into your summer activities there are a few myths you should know to help you achieve the body you want.
1 Lifting Weights will bulk you up
I hear this a lot, that I do not want to lift heavy because “I will get too bulky”. Truth is weight lifting will give you a long, lean and “toned” look.
Lifting weights burns more calories and when done properly creates a metabolic response that helps to shed the pounds.
To actually obtain a big and bulky physique takes months of training and eating in a caloric surplus, not to mention having the genetics to get big.
2 Running is a great way to lose weight
Sorry guys this one isn’t exactly the truth.
If you are a beginner and trying to get into a routine to lose weight running miles on end every day is quick way to burn yourself out and be at a high risk of injury.
Constant jogging puts a lot of stress on the joints, imagine doing 1,000 single leg jumps with your right leg and then switching to another 1,000 on your left. This would be the equivalent amount of steps it takes for one mile (2,000)!
Our bodies are built to sprint in quick bursts or walk for long distances. Going to a public track walking the curves and springing the straight away is a great way to get a workout and mix it up.
3 Crunches will help burn belly fat
Doing crunches every day will surely make you stronger and more efficient at crunches but won’t do much for your body fat percentage.
The body is one whole unit and to reduce belly fat you will have to reduce your overall belly fat.
Having proper nutrition, sleep, and being on an effective resistance training program are all things that will help reduce that belly fat.
4 No Pain No Gain
I am assuming you have heard this before and might have used this saying yourself. It is okay I’ll admit I am guilty also but this is one of the oldest myths that need to go.
Training till you can’t walk or are hunched over looking at you lunch is necessary to have an effective workout.
The goal is to be able to keep training and stay healthy as long as possible. When training you should feel you heart rate elevate and muscles burning as you exercise but pain is a sign that you are over doing it.
5 The more you sweat the more you burn
Sweating is just a sign of your body cooling off, so standing in a heated room and stretching for an hour doesn’t mean you burning more calories.
This also doesn’t mean a 5 hour workout routine is better than a 45 minute workout. There are several movement patterns that your body can perform. Training these patterns and sticking to a routine will help you lose weight quickly and easily.
If you have any questions, comments, or just want to know more info feel free to reach out to Ben or myself either on the Greene Multisport FB page or email either one of us! firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com