When it comes to fitness and weight loss, the Pakistani community would always pick the easiest way possible to reach their goals. The easiest exercises that can be done at home, diets that don’t limit their food choices and anything that involves exercise gear or lifting weights is struck off the list. This happens mostly because of certain myths that we have associated with weightlifting. Nutright has managed to list them down and debunk them for you so that maybe your perception about it might change a little.
Myth #1: Only weightlifting can help you build muscle
Most of us absolutely love to believe that lifting weights is the only way to gain muscles and that whosoever has made some new dolay has done so by lifting dumb bells and barbells and what not! So not true. The very basic exercises that are at the very top of the list for muscle gain alongside a diet rich in protein, include squats, lunges, and pushups. You do not have to even engage in a costly gym subscription or invest in a hefty workout gear for muscle building.
Myth #2: Weightlifting is for men only
A very common notion that we Pakistanis believe is that women lifting weights would only do internal damage to themselves. And that muscle building tendency is among the mard hazraat only, women aren’t that sturdy to lift weights or anything of that sort. Sigh! This is a call for all those desi feminists out there: the next time you are told so, just pop the old-school bubble that the khawateen are NOT putting their health at stake by lifting weights.
Myth #3: Lifting weight turns you into Hulk
Many times, the reason why our women do not indulge in strength training is also that they fear to turn into something mardana, maybe a female version of John Cena and will lose all their feminine touch. To get those huge muscles, your diet needs an overload of calories, hence, you are safe if you are consuming the usual amount. You won’t bulk up, don’t worry. It’s not that easy and you don’t end up turning into Hulk overnight.
Myth #4: Once you quit, you get fat
One of the very common misperceptions amongst the desi community is that fat is always thought of as muscle, and vice versa. What is not understood is that both are completely separate entities and neither can just turn into the other, so no, your muscle won’t transform into fat if you stop lifting.
Myth #5: Lifting weights can cause joint injury
Don’t just associate any tough job that involves a bit of physical effort to injury and damage to the bones and joints, because let’s face it: you train your body to be strong, it will be. And of course, vice versa is the case. When done under the right kind of supervision of a professional trainer, weightlifting doesn’t do harm. In many cases, in fact, it has rather turned people’s injuries around, making them healthier.