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Fitness Myths: True or False?

There are a lot of myths when it comes to exercise, diet, and losing weight. Do this, don’t do that, you have to eat this, steer clear of that, most of the time you are being told the opposite of what someone else has told you or you have read…..It can really make things very confusing for a beginner! I have had many trials and tribulations during my journey. Many had me busting some long time fitness myths that I always believed to be true.

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         This is Myth number 1 Crunchers are the best way to burn belly fat…..Something I have always wanted, and am still working towards is the illusive six pack! I always thought I just needed to do crunchers and ab exercises in excess and they would just pop out.

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  While working your abs and core is awesome and important! You will never see an actual six pack without leaning out. If you have a higher body fat percentage you need to do cardio and really watch what you eat! There is a saying that Abs are made in the kitchen. I do in fact, believe it!!! Cleaning up your diet is a HUGE step to seeing a more defined body.

    Myth 2 is Cut your Carbs. I have talked about this before. You definitely need your carbs for energy! Without them you will crash before you even start your day.  Complex carbohydrates are a very important part of a well balanced diet.

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   Simple Carbohydrates are the ones you want to steer clear of. As far as fruits and the sweeter veggies go, keep those as energy boosters before or after a workout! Instead of storing the sugars as fat, your body will burn them as fuel. 😉 The rest of them, you can just throw them in the trash!!! (Well, except milk for the little ones)

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     The 3rd myth is, to tone up, you just need to do a ton of cardio and lift light weights with high repetitions. Yes, cardio will help burn fat. Lifting light weights will not tone you up unless you are absolutely fatiguing the muscles. Meaning you just can’t lift anymore. I see it all the time. Women just spinning their wheels curling 2lb dumbbells. Your groceries weigh more than that! Come on now, you know better! In order to see muscle tone, you have to have muscles!

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     Cardio is awesome for your cardiovascular health, but like everything, you can do too much!  There are several aspects to consider when planning the perfect workout regimen, Strength (weight training), Speed (High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT), Agility (Team sports or agility drills), Endurance (Marathon training or cycling), and Flexibility (Yoga). All of these are important! If you balance them well, you will have a healthy physique!

       Myth number 4 is “NO PAIN NO GAIN” You want to work your muscles to fatigue. Obviously, you will be sore.

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    Sure feeling a little sore is normal, but you should never be so sore that you can not function with your normal daily activities. There is a such thing as too much!!!

      The 5th myth is Stretch before your workout. While stretching your muscles is great, you should save the stretching for post workout.

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    Stretching while your muscles, tendons,and ligaments are still cold, can lead to injury. It is a great idea to warm your muscles before working them! You can do this by marching in place, a brisk walk, or even half squats with just your body weight. A good stretch after a workout can be a fabulous and relaxing way to end!

     Myth 6 You can lose weight fast swimming. Swimming is a great activity. It will boost your lung capacity, tone muscles, and even help with tension, but unless you are swimming for hours and hours non stop, you are just again, spinning your wheels.

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   With the buoyancy of the water supporting most of your body weight, your body is doing less work than if you were to jog or run. Another reason, is they say that swimming in Cold water makes you eat more when you are done. Therefore, you cancel out any calories you may have burned in the pool. This one had me for years! I love swimming! 😉 I still think it is great for agility and endurance training, just not for weight loss.

     Myth number 7, If you aren’t sweating you aren’t working hard enough.

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         Everyone’s body is different. When Josh and I hit the gym, he can just look at the equipment and sweat rolls off him lol. I typically don’t start sweating till mid to end of the workout. Sweating is just your body’s way of cooling off. You have a great workout and barely break a sweat at all!

  These are all busted myths that I have learned on my journey to becoming fit! Most I wish I had learned the truth about sooner! Do you have any busted myths to add to this list? Do you disagree with any of these and why? Did you find any of these to be true in your case as well?

   Hope everyone has a fantastic Monday!!!!

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