Disclaimer: Before starting any exercise plan, first meet with a trusted healthcare professional.
In today’s society, we reside in a sedentary world. It’s simple for us to skirt around physical activity when we have fast cars, desks we all do our work at, and busy schedules that limit us on time.
Exercise can also feel like a chore. It’s not uncommon to view it as “punishment” or a “must-do” for weight-loss. We often neglect to think about it as a basic human requirement for good health.
It’s not surprising, then, our perspective on exercise has room for improvement. Actually, a lot of myths surround exercise and weight-loss that escape our understanding.
Common, Untrue Exercise Claims
1. A Workout Can Make up for a Bad Day with Food.
Did you just devour a bag of poker chips while watching a Friday night movie? Not a problem! Just get up early for any morning run, right? Wrong.
Exercise doesn't make up for, or outweigh, a poor diet. Actually, most people overestimate the number of calories they burn through physical activity. If you’re eating lots of calories, chances are, they’ll probably be visible on the scale.
2. Muscle-toning is Good Enough for Exercise.
Toned muscles are nice, but the strength-based workouts that tone your muscles don’t suffice for adequate exercise. You need a range of exercise styles including cardio, endurance and strength training. This way you actually burn fat, giving parts of your muscles a better chance at showing.
3. You Can Lose Fat in One Area.
Sit-ups for any flat stomach? Leg lifts for toned thighs? They are great workouts, but don’t make the mistake of thinking you are able to lose fat in just one area. This is known as spot reduction, and it doesn’t work because fat is lost from your whole body with influence from your genes and biology.
4. If You Don’t Feel Sore, You Didn’t Work Hard Enough.
The quality of your workout doesn’t always correlate with how sore you're. Soreness can indicate many other things, together with a muscle that wasn’t stretched well enough beforehand.
5. You Have to Exercise Every Day at 100% to Lose Weight.
Exercise can be hard work, however it doesn’t mean you have to kill yourself in the process. Not every workout requires a higher level of intensity. You can be just as effective at a slower pace, with lower resistance, doing various activities.
The above exercise claims are FALSE! Be sure you do your research on exercise and fitness before beginning a plan you’re not entirely confident in. Do make a plan, though, to set goals, track your progress and remain on the wagon. If you have questions regarding your health and fitness, don’t hesitate to speak with your healthcare provider or a certified fitness trainer for professional advice. If you take precaution when exercising and following easy steps to improvement, you can achieve weight-loss success.