Getting rid of workout myths
By Liz Montes
There is an endless array of workout myths that people have. Let’s look at some of them and get rid of some of the misconceptions you may have about working out.
If you exercise you can eat whatever you want: Wrong. Just because you exercise it doesn’t mean you can give yourself permission to eat whatever you want or worse yet “reward” yourself for working out. You’ll never get ahead if you reward yourself after every workout.
I’m sore; I better not workout: Wrong. Well of course you’re sore, and hopefully so. Weight resistance exercise causes micro tears of the muscle, that’s what makes the muscles build again stronger than they were before. They are efficient and they adapt. Furthermore, it’s a good idea to do light exercise when you are sore as it will help alleviate some of the soreness.
I have strong abdominal muscles because I do 100 + crunches every day: Wrong. Doing lots of crunches every day does not build a strong core or build a six-pack. Diet is what’s important here… that is what will eliminate belly fat. Stick to a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables along with interval training.
Morning workouts are better than later in the day workouts: Wrong. Workout whenever it is best for you. Time of the day doesn’t matter, if you just can’t get up in the morning to work out, then find a better time. Your body rhythms may be better later in the day. Not everyone likes AM workouts.
Heavy weights will bulk me up: Wrong. Heavy weights will make you stronger. Unless, of course, you want to bulk up and you have the testosterone levels of an eighteen-year-old young man. If you don’t have a weight resistance routine going on, get one. The more muscle mass you have the higher your metabolic rate will be, which means more fat burning going on in your workout routines.
Muscle turns into fat when I stop working out: Wrong. Your body doesn’t automatically convert one to the other. You have to stop working out altogether and start eating more or eating the wrong foods to get fat. Your metabolism slows down when you stop exercising. So the efficiency of the body to burn fat slows down. It makes sense that you would start putting on weight if you’ve stopped exercising.
Working out once a week is fine: Wrong. Though some exercise is better than none, it is crucial to dedicate more time to exercise in order to achieve a fit and healthy lifestyle. Particularly if you lead a sedentary lifestyle, having a routine and discipline is the key to becoming and staying healthy. Two to three days a week is optimum for weight resistance exercise and two to six days a week is great for other types of exercise including, yoga, golf, swimming, walking, running, etc.
You’ll burn more fat on an empty stomach: Wrong. Research indicates that you will burn the same amount of fat on an empty or full stomach. As a matter of fact, in order to complete your exercise program it is better to have some fuel in your body. You’ll be able to work out longer and more efficiently. I know that when I’m hungry I have to eat. I can’t work out or do much else if my stomach is growling. Eat something light before you work out and then again after. A good protein drink is always good.
Cardio is the best way to lose fat: Wrong again. Although any exercise, including walking, running and dancing, is excellent to help burn fat. Again, weight resistance is the key. The more muscle mass you have, the higher your metabolic rate, which means more fat burning. Cardio keeps our heart and lungs in tip-top shape, so you should include it in any workout program you currently have.