I helped a friend out with an article about some of the truths and lies floating around out there about exercise, diet and well-being. Here are some common misconceptions:
I DON’T WANT TO DO WEIGHTS AS THEY’LL MAKE ME BULK UP AND LOOK LIKE A MAN
For women, short of very expensive medical intervention, It’s not going to happen, they just don’t have the hormones to bulk up that much. Weight-training won’t turn women into Arnie but it will increase their base metabolic rate, which means they’ll burn more energy doing nothing. Most of your calories are burned by your body at rest, just breathing, that sort of thing. With more muscle you will burn more calories, simple as that.
I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT FROM HERE, (POINTS) HERE (GRABS) HERE…
Probably the biggest myth perpetrated by the fitness industry is ‘spot reduction’, but you can’t target certain parts of your body for weight-loss. The body breaks down fat via the liver and it doesn’t care where the fat comes from.
I’VE SEEN THIS NEW EXERCISE AND IT’S MEANT TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE THAN OTHER ONES
Despite the dramatic miracles offered by late-night television ads, there is no ‘magic movement’ that will burn fat differently. Energy burnt, is energy burnt.
CYCLING OR SWIMMING WON’T BURN FAT OR GIVE MUSCLE TONE
People should concentrate on how much energy they’re burning, not how they’re doing it. Look at Lance Armstrong, even his six-pack has a six-pack!
IF I TRAIN MORE I CAN MAINTAIN MY BAD DIET AND LIFESTYLE AND STILL LOOK AS GOOD
Working off a bad diet will cut into the bulk of your time spent improving your body. You can’t out-train a bad diet. Even low-carb beers require a lot of time to burn off – yet you can drink a lot more of them in a very short amount of time!
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