6 Myths about Exercise
Weight training turns women into over-bulked “she” men.
Wrong. First, weight training is what creates lean muscle mass. The more you lift, the smaller you’ll get as the creation of muscle speeds up your metabolism to burn more fat. So if you’re getting bulky, the culprit is stored fat not oversized man-muscles. Just keep up the weight training, and your body will become leaner and more toned, with enhanced muscle definition that is super sexy. And for further reassurance that you won’t develop man-muscles, weight training bulks up men because they have testosterone. Ladies, unless you’re taking anabolic steroids, you simply don’t have sufficient testosterone to start looking like a guy.
Jogging is a great way to get fit.
Wrong. In fact, you need to be fit before you start jogging to prevent hurting yourself from the mpact on your hips, knees, and ankles. Yes, if you’re light-weight, with small bones, and you learn to run the right way, this activity will burn a lot of calories and give your heart a heck of a workout. But if you’re not already fit, and especially if you’re a woman with wide hips, you’d be better off getting on a cross-trainer, exercise bike, or stepper to burn beaucoup calories while jumpstarting your cardiovascular system.
Cardio rather than weight training is the way to fight the battle of the bulge.
Wrong. Cardio is essential for a healthy heart, and it does burn more calories than weight training during a typical one-hour session. However, too much cardio will cause you to lose muscle, and the loss of muscle mass slows down metabolism to make keeping weight off that much more difficult. Even more important, studies show that after a weight training workout, your metabolism will spike for up to 36 hours. When you factor in the additional calories burned for 36 hours, it’s easy to see why weight training is the winner when it comes to weight management.
When exercising to lose weight, what you eat is every bit as important as how much you eat.
Wrong. Yes, eating healthy (fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, fat-free dairy, lean meats, and fresh fish) will lead to improved energy and overall health. Nevertheless, fat loss is all about burning more calories than you consume. So if all you eat in a day is three donuts and a candy bar for a total of 750 calories, you’ll lose more than if you eat five small meals of 250 calories each for a total of 1250 calories.
If I exercise regularly, I’ll never have to worry about gaining weight.
Wrong. Even those who exercise daily will gain weight if the activity increases their appetite to the extent that they are consuming more calories than they’re burning. Here’s the bottom line: In life only three things are certain – death, taxes, and weight gain (if you don’t monitor your calorie consumption).
When working out, drinking water burns calories.
Not exactly. Water has no calories and cannot be burned for energy to fuel your workout. Nevertheless, water accelerates digestion and promotes the normal functioning of many organs, including the pancreas, kidneys and liver, which serve to detoxify the body and help eliminate waste. Hence, a lack of water will slow the metabolism of fat and result in fatigue. Conversely, drinking water will raise your energy level so that you can work out more vigorously to burn more calories.