If you’re new to the fitness world, you might unknowingly get stuck reading fitness fiction. Bad advice can make reaching your goals next to impossible. These debunked fitness myths will help you recognize the truth from the lies!
- Crunches are the key to flat abs.
While it’s true that crunches are an effective ab exercise, they are not the best way to slim your midsection. About 10 percent of scuplting strong, toned abs is exercise – the rest is all nutrition. The single most important factor in seeing your abdominal muscles is low body fat. In order to burn fat, you have to eat right and this means feeding your body with a lot of nutritious, whole foods to keep your metabolism on fire and your fat-burning muscles fueled. Remember, abs are made in the kitchen, well, mostly.
- “No days off” is the only way to progress.
Rest days are crucial! Your body needs to recover, especially after a tough session. By working out every single day, you can easily injure yourself, which keeps your muscles from rebounding and your body from improving. Giving your body the proper recovery time is essential to success.
- Lifting weights will make you look like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Even if you’re using heavy dumbbells, you’re NOT going to turn into a female Hulk (seriously!) Women typically have less muscle tissue than men and produce lower levels of testosterone, meaning, we’re less physiologically prone to becoming bulky.
- You can spot reduce fat.
Don’t we all wish! But you can’t make your body lose fat from one specific area. Fat can only be lost from the body as a whole in an order that is predetermined by your genetics. Working out will reduce your overall body fat, but you can’t control where that fat is removed.
- Juicing is the best way to be healthy.
There’s reason to be suspicious of quick fixes such as juicing—they can be hugely caloric. You could be having six servings of fruit at once! And you don’t get the same sense of fullness from drinking a meal as you do from having to chew, swallow and eat an actual meal. Juices have their place, but whole foods should always be your first choice.
Don’t let the misinformation out there sidetrack you from the truth!
Remember, if something sounds too good to be true – it usually is. Stay the course, absorb knowledge from the right sources, and you’ll be well on you way to your fitness goals!