Don’t Believe These Myths!
There are so many fitness and health myths scouring the internet, which have led to many individuals, making multiple mistakes, call, Tim is so much wasted time in the gym. This article, in addition to the video above, will briefly discuss tomorrow, seven fitness myths, that honestly fool everyone! By the end of this article, you will know what these fitness myths are, and what you should be doing instead of following them!
Common Fitness Myths
You Have to Workout To Burn Fat
It’s true that exercise can help you burn calories and lose weight. However, many people believe that the only way to burn fat is by working out. The truth is that you can burn fat even when you’re not exercising. Your body is constantly burning calories to keep you alive, and this includes burning fat. So, while exercise can help you burn more calories and lose weight faster, it’s not the only way to burn fat. Realistically, you could burn fat sitting in your bed and doing absolutely nothing all day. If you are consuming less calories than you are using every single day, this will still lead to weight loss. Of course, I would never say to avoid exercising, as there as so many benefits to exercise, regardless of weight loss!
The Anabolic Window Matters
The anabolic window is the period after a workout when your body is most receptive to nutrients. The theory is that if you consume protein and carbohydrates within this window, your body will absorb them better and you will build more muscle. However, recent research has shown that the anabolic window is not as important as once believed. Your body can still absorb nutrients and build muscle even if you don’t consume them immediately after a workout. So, while it’s still a good idea to eat a balanced meal after a workout, you don’t have to rush to do it. The most important nutrient to consume after a workout, if you do want to be focuses, is actually carbohydrates. Protein, as long as it is consumed in adequate total amounts, can be eaten in whatever windows throughout the day. Focus on getting carbs right after your workout, to top off muscle glycogen stores and lead to quicker recovery!
You Should Stretch Before Workouts
Stretching before a workout has been a long-standing practice. However, recent studies have shown that static stretching before a workout can actually be detrimental to your performance. Static stretching involves holding a stretch for a prolonged period of time, which can actually weaken your muscles and decrease your power output. Instead, it’s better to do a dynamic warm-up, or dynamic stretching, which involves moving your body through a range of motion to prepare your muscles for exercise. If you are still pressed on doing some static stretching, limit this to after your workouts for the best performance results in the gym.
You Will Look Like Who You Exercise Like
It’s a common belief that if you want to look like a bodybuilder, you have to train like a bodybuilder. However, genetics play a significant role in how your body responds to exercise. Some people may be able to build muscle quickly, while others may struggle to gain muscle no matter how hard they train. There are some people who barely even touch weights, and can put on muscle incredibly easily. So, while it’s important to find a workout routine that works for you, it’s important to remember that you can’t change your genetics, and should do what you can. Follow programs that are reputable and known to work well for many people, and keep your expectations moderate at best.
Cardio Burns Fat
Cardiovascular exercise is great for your heart health and can help you burn calories. However, many people believe that cardio is the best way to burn fat. The truth is that cardio just burns calories, which can lead to fat loss if you are in a calorie deficit. However, if you are still eating a large amount of calories, but doing cardio, it isn’t going to matter. In addition to this, strength training is just as important for fat loss. Strength training can help you build muscle, which in turn helps you burn more calories throughout the day at rest. So, while cardio is a great way to stay healthy, it’s not the only way to lose fat. Combining both of these workout tools, in addition to making sure you are in a calorie deficit, is the best way to achieve lasting weight loss results!
In The End
In conclusion, there are many fitness myths that have been widely believed for years. However, by understanding the science behind these myths, we can separate fact from fiction and make better decisions about our health and fitness. So, the next time you hear a fitness myth, take a moment to research it and see if it’s really true. Your body will thank you for it.
Before You Go
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