With so many fitness “experts” out there, it is very easy to get confused. Now it seems anyone can call themselves a fitness expert, making it tough to know what is accurate and what isn’t. With this plethora of contradicting and sometimes even dangerous tips, what are we supposed to believe? We’ve done the research for you and looked at information from leading exercise physiologists, personal trainers and fitness sources. Here is a look at the top five most common misleading fitness tips out there.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Women simply do not have the testosterone that men have to get bulky. According to Concordia University Exercise Science professor Phil Gephart, even if you are an endomorph and put on muscle easily, you still shouldn’t worry. Lifting heavier will get you leaner. Working out your muscles by lifting is one of the best ways to get an overall better body.
Not true at all. Both are necessary for your well-rounded healthy lifestyle. Each possess amazing benefits and when used in conjunction with each other, optimum health and strength. Women’s Health magazine has a great list of pros for both: Cardio can burn a lot of calories, and strength training gives you a metabolic spike for one hour after your workout. In addition, cardio ups your body confidence, while strength training helps you look more toned and improves body image. How’s that for a one-two punch?
False. The method of weight lifting that you should use in the gym depends on your goals, according to Livestrong. Both machines and free weights have benefits. Machines are great when rehabbing an injury, or when doing quick circuit training. Barbells, dumbbells and even kettlebells have the versatility to work every major muscle group. Both methods improve your muscular system and help get you into great shape.
Completely untrue. Your body is an amazing machine that adapts to any one repetitive activity. For best results, healthyexpos.com recommends training your body progressively and “periodizationally,” meaning that you should keep your body stimulated by changing up your routines periodically. Varying your workouts guarantees results.
Well, not necessarily. This is definitely a “one size does not fit all” issue. For those who strength train, a rest day is necessary in between lifting sessions to help with muscle recovery. It is recommended that healthy individuals fit exercise into their lives most days of the week. This can even be broken down in several 10-minute increments per day rather than a large, time-intensive sweat session. High Intensity Interval Training, in which one alternates between bursts of intense exercise, followed by an activity with lower intensity, is a fabulous way to increase stamina and burn calories. Livestrong states that HIIT burns more calories in just 20 minutes than a whole hour of steady activity at a lower intensity. So the general consensus is that physical activity should be a part of your healthy lifestyle most days of the week. Not only is physical activity good for the body, but it is great for the mind!
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