There are so many fitness myths out there that people always seem to believe and I want to combat those beliefs in this post. Most fitness myths have been out there for so long nobody will ever question why or if they are actually true because it’s ingrained upon us but so many of the myths just aren’t true! So here are my top 7 fitness myths that I want you to stop believing asap.
1) Doing loads of crunches gives you abs.
No, it doesn’t. Doing core exercises will build strength and muscle, but this won’t show unless you reduce your overall body fat.
2) Lifting weights makes you bulky.
No, it doesn’t. Lifting weights enables you to build lean muscle and sculpt your body. Resistance training leads to the “toned” look everyone desires. It also has a multitude of health benefits including increased bone density and a reduced risk of developing osteoporosis.
3) You can target a specific area.
No, you can’t. Doing 100 tricep dips won’t make your bingo wings go away, it will just build up muscle beneath them. Instead of trying to lose fat from one place through targeted exercises, put your focus into improving your diet and reducing your overall body fat.
4) If you’re not sore then you didn’t train hard enough.
Not true. You can have an amazing workout and not be sore the next day. Plus, if you train regularly and support your recovery through good nutrition, sleep, reduced stress and self-myofascial release then soreness can be greatly reduced. You can refer back to the blog on 4 Tips To Help You Recover From DOMS (Delayed Onset Of Muscle Soreness).
5) The more training the better.
Nope. Spoiler alert: you don’t need to train 7 days a week for hours a day to get results. This can actually lead to issues such as overtraining, injury and fatigue if you’re not recovering adequately. Instead, focus on quality over quantity.
6) You have to be ripped to be healthy.
No, you don’t. Health is so much more than how you look. It’s about how you feel, function and perform.
7) Fasted cardio is the secret to fat loss.
No, it isn’t. In fact, research in 2014 found a negligible difference in the effects of fasted vs un-fasted cardio on individual’s weight and fat loss results.
Each of these 7 myths can definitely be explained in much more detail, this was just a quick one to point out the key myths.
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