It’s easy to get caught up in all the different supposed fitness tips and tricks you hear every day.
Some can be helpful; some can be downright wrong. You may have heard the following myths below, but here are the reasons you shouldn’t believe them.
Myth: Sweating = calories burned
You may feel like you’re burning more calories when you’re sweating, but this isn’t necessarily the case. The reality is that sweating is just your body’s way to cool down. This means you may simply be sweating because of hot temperatures and not because you’re burning extra calories.
Myth: Ignore some of those famous fitness sayings
You’ve heard the sayings: “More is always better!” “No pain, no gain!”
While some of these sayings can provide motivation, they shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Take “more is always better,” for instance. Even for advanced exercisers, the body needs rest, and injuries are more likely to happen when you over-train. Moreover, the motto “no pain, no gain” can be dangerous. Listen to your body, especially if you feel uncomfortable or if you think you may have an injury.
Myth: Lifting weights is just for men
It’s a common misperception among some women that strength training will instantly bulk them up. But adding strength training to your routine – whether you’re a man or woman – is really part of a balanced exercise regimen. Strength training helps to burn calories and protect bone health, among many other advantages.
Myth: Swimming helps lose kilos
There are many health benefits (increased stamina, improved lung capacity, etc.) associated with swimming, but losing weight isn’t one of them. As the water’s buoyancy helps support your body weight, the resistance you’d experience outside the water is lessened.
Myth: Targeting fat loss
Are you trying to target a certain area of your body to lose fat, such as your stomach? Experts agree that it really isn’t possible. Instead, you need to focus on overall body fat loss. You might have guessed the best way to do that: cardio, strength training and dieting.