Myths of Exercise -Part One

As a Certified Personal Trainer I hear all kids of excuses, made up stories and even myths concerning exercise. Here is a list of typical myths and why they are BUSTED!

#1 – Steady cardio is best for fat loss
The problem with steady state cardio for fat loss is;
• It doesn’t burn many calories while performing the exercise and burns very little if any after.
• It causes the body to reduce its release of the fat burning hormones and enzymes.
• The body adapts by becoming more energy efficient, meaning your body has to work less to perform the same workout.
Interval training is far better for losing weight because you will burn far more calories and will keep your metabolism revving for up to 24hrs after you finish training. Interval training is short bouts(10-60 seconds) of high intensity exercise broken up with periods of low intense exercise. The good thing with this is that you can burn more calories in a shorter amount of time, so there’s no need to spend 45-60 minutes pounding away on a treadmill (AKA, Dreadmill) if you are wanting to lose weight!  You can be done in 20-25 minutes and that’s including your warm up and cool down. 
#2 – You can out train a poor diet.
No matter how hard you train if your diet is poor, you will not see the results your training for. With the right nutrition you will be able to fuel your workouts far more effectively giving you a greater return in results. Check out some other sites or places on this blog to gain knowledge and suggestions for right eating habits.
#3 – More is better.
Too much of a good thing can be detrimental to your training.
If you’re training;
• Too frequently – you should wait for 48 hours to use those same muscle groups for resistance training.
• For too long – don’t go past the point of fatigue too often – your body needs rest to recover.
• Without enough rest – don’t start another program when you aren’t recovered from the first.
This will lead to overtraining. Overtraining can lead to sickness, depression and injury.
#4 – Ladies get bulky with resistance training.
I hear this one all the time – most people don’t realize how hard it is for men to bulk up let alone women and remember men have 10 times more testosterone, this is the hormone responsible for building muscle. Females you NEED resistance training if you want your body to be lean and toned.
#5– If you stop resistance training your muscles turn to fat.
I’m not sure where this one comes from – it’s one of those myths that gets past around but when you really think about it it’s ridiculous. Muscle is working tissue which is designed to move your body around, fat is stored energy – it’s as simple as that. The reason people put on fat when they stop training is because the loss of muscle tissue will cause a drop in metabolism, and if your still consuming the same amount of calories where else are the calories meant to go?
More myths are coming soon…
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