There are many concepts regarding fitness that people have believed in for years. Some people have a habit of following others blindly like people before them have done. But this generation has more resources to find out the truth for themselves. It is very surprising that people still believe in them. Many of these old theories have been termed as myths and well what shall you do with myths? That’s right, bust them.
The following five myths regarding fitness should be kicked out of your life pronto:
1) Women look broader if they lift heavy weights.
If I got a dollar for each time that I have heard that statement, well let’s just say that I would not have to work two jobs to make ends meet. This is such a major misconception. Lifting heavy will only make you look bigger and broader if you eat the massive amount of protein that is needed to make the muscle grow in size. Moreover, women do not have the required amount of production of the male hormone called testosterone that gives rise to muscle growth. Basically, you should go and do those heavy squats and throw a barbell at this myth while you are at it.
2) Working out for longer periods of time makes you lose weight faster.
The key to an effective workout is to keep it short and challenging. The longer the workouts are, the lesser challenging it is. Running for 10 minutes is better than a slow walk for 20 minutes. That does not mean that you start with intense workouts as a beginner. Start slow but build up your speed systematically in a way that you are not wasting your time at the gym.
3) All workout plans work for everyone.
Well no. Every person is an individual. Everyone has a different reaction to all sorts of fitness and nutrition plans. You simply cannot expect two people the same amount of weight or fat on the same plan. There are many factors involved in shedding weight that affect your progress and hence it makes everyone unique in their own way.
4) Crunches lead to 6 pack abs.
I know that a lot of you wish that were true but sadly it is not. The saying that abs are made in the kitchen is actually true. Moreover abs only work one muscle group. You need a compound plan that targets all groups of abs muscles. Aside from that your nutrition plan should be constructed in a way for you to shed off your fat mass which is going to help you with better muscle definition.
5) More sweat equals more calorie burn.
Sweat is just a response of your body to rising body temperature. Human body produces sweat cool down the inner temperature. It has nothing whatsoever to do with burning more calories. It could mean that your gym needs better air conditioning but that’s about it. There are some people who generally sweat a lot more than others but that does not mean that they are burning more calories than a person who sweats less doing the same workout in the same amount of time.
These were the five fitness myths that need to be busted right away!