There’s a lot of information out there on the internet about how you should or shouldn’t workout. How do you tell what is fact and what is myth? We’re here to help! Today we’re outlining the top 6 fitness myths we hear on a regular basis so you can train better and be healthier and happier!
Myth #1: “The more you sweat = the more you burn.”
This is definitely false. Sweating is a physiological reaction to cool your skin and, ultimately, your internal organs. While sweating may indicate that you’re working hard and getting warm, it has no direct relation to how many calories you’re burning.
Myth #2: “You can just ‘tone’ up your muscles.”
There is no such thing as “toning” muscles. Your muscles are already in the correct shape for moving your body, and working them out more doesn’t change that shape. You can either burn fat to better show off those muscles, or increase muscle strength by weight training. When most people say they want to “tone up”, they really mean they want to decrease their body fat percentage to show of those already perfectly shaped muscles.
Myth #3: “You can target fat loss in one area of your body.”
Again, sadly false, but wouldn’t it be great if you could?! Unfortunately, spot reduction isn’t a thing, and in order to lose that pesky fat, you’ll have to increase your cardio and decrease your caloric intake. Every body is different, and depending on your body type, some areas may take longer to lose those inches than others.
Myth #4: “Lifting weights will make you bulky.”
This one is for the ladies out there. We’ve all heard the horror stories of women weight training and getting so big that they rival the men body builders out there. This simply isn’t true. While weight training does build muscle strength, most women typically don’t have enough testosterone in their bodies to bulk up to hulk-like levels. Plus, muscle burns more calories than fat, so building extra muscle mass by weight lifting can actually increase your body’s ability to burn more calories!
Myth #5: “You MUST stretch before you work out.”
You MUST warm up before you work out, but stretching is optional. In fact, stretching prior to working out can reduce the amount of power you are able to produce during training. To read more about stretching, head to our Dynamic Vs Static Stretching blog post!
Myth #6: “You can erase the food you eat with exercise.”
No matter how many calories you burn during a workout session, your body will look better and feel better if it’s been fed healthy food vs a greasy burger and fries. We’re not saying you can’t indulge every now and again, but it’s helpful to know that the biggest influence on how your body looks (roughly 80%) is based on how and what you eat, and only 20% is based on what kind of exercise you do.
Do you have any fitness tips, tricks, or myths you’d like us to cover? Comment below and let us know what you think!