There may be some things in the fitness world that you have heard over and over again. We hate to be the ones to break it to you, but some of those things may be myths.
Myth: You can Spot Reduce Fat
If your body fat percentage is too high you will still not get that 6 pack no matter how many crunches you do. You are unable to choose where your body will drop weight. You can strengthen a specific area, but it will not fat reduce unless you’re doing a balanced exercise program.
Myth: Stretching Before a Workout
Stretching before a workout can cause injury. Warming up your muscles through jumping jacks, planks, high knees, butt kickers and balance are all the perfect way to start your warm up. You may stretch after your workouts to help prevent soreness and injury.
Myth: Weights Make You Bulk
Many females believe if they lift they will be the winner of the next Body Building competition. This is not true. Weight lifting will help you tone and even help you lose inches. Females do not have enough testosterone to bulk like a man. Weight training will help increase metabolism, burn more calories throughout the day, increase strength and help you slim down.
Myth: Scale Matters
Do not let the scale tell you if you are progressing or not. You may be gaining “weight” and losing inches because your muscle weighs more than fat.
Myth: Never Take a rest Day
You may have heard the more you workout the better or you are weak if you take a rest day. Giving your body proper time to recover, build and strengthen will actually help you get to where you want to be.
Myth: As Long as I Workout, I can Eat Anything
Throwing away your diet because you completed your workout will not lead to results or a healthy lifestyle. Working out and eating healthy go hand in hand. One without the other will not give you the results you want.
Myth: Only Do Cardio to Lose Weight
Cardio alone will not get you the weight loss you want. Make sure to mix weight training and cardio to get the weight loss results you want.
Myth: Running is Better than Walking
Running is better than walking when it comes to changing the way your body looks and weight loss, but high incline coupled with slower speeds (walking) is much better for fat loss.
Myth: You Will Gain Weight If You Eat Late At Night
It does not matter what time you eat. You can eat while you are laying on your pillow without increasing your chances of gaining weight. What matters is what you are putting into your body. If you eat cake before bed it is still cake, where if you eat a banana before bed it won’t affect weight gain.