Fitness Myths and Surprising Facts!

19 Sep

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Every day we get more and more information on health trends, new exercises, and fitness advice – but how do you know what’s accurate and what’s not?   Never fear, new scientific research is overturning some of our long-held beliefs about the best ways to become fit and maintain that fitness.   Below are just a few of the many debunked myths as well as some “fit facts” that might surprise you!

Myth: Crunches are the key to flat abs

TRUTH: They may be one of the most iconic abdominal exercises, but doing crunches is not the best way to slim your midsection. And while crunches do tone a small portion of your abs, moves involving your distal trunk—which includes your shoulders and butt—more effectively engage your entire core. So you’ll shrink your waist far more dramatically by doing planks and bridge, but if you are doing crunches, make sure to use proper form.

Myth: The more you sweat, the more you burn.

TRUTH: Especially drenched after your regular afternoon run? That doesn’t mean you necessarily burned any more calories than usual (sorry!). Sweat is a biological response that cools your skin and regulates internal body temperature.  It’s just as likely to be the result of an warm studio, the weather, or your personal physiology as it is due to an intense fitness session.

Myth: No Pain, No Gain

TRUTH:  Of all the fitness rumors ever to have surfaced, experts agree that the “no pain-no gain” holds the most potential for harm. While you should expect to have some degree of soreness a day or two after working out that’s very different from feeling pain while you are working out.  As for “working through the pain,” experts don’t advise it. They say that if it hurts, stop, rest, and see if the pain goes away.

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FIT FACT: Skipping sleep CAN cause weight gain!

Women in an American Journal of Epidemiology study who slept less than seven hours were more likely to gain weight; other research has shown that even partial sleep deprivation ups production of the hormone “ghrelin”, which triggers hunger, and subsequently, over-eating.

FIT FACT: Lifting weights WON’T bulk you up!

Even if you’re using heavy dumbbells, you’re not going to turn into a female bodybuilder. Women typically have less muscle tissue and produce lower levels of testosterone than men, meaning we’re less physiologically prone to becoming brawny.

FIT FACT: Exercise Lets You Eat MORE!

Pound for pound, muscle burns more calories at rest than body fat. So the more muscle you have, the higher your resting metabolic rate. And, of course, you also burn calories while you’re actually exercising.  This means that “cheating” with a cookie once in a while isn’t going to take you back 10 steps. Can you eat anything at any time? No.  But you can afford to enjoy some of the things you really like when you exercise regularly. You can better get away with those things in moderation than you can when you’re not working out.  Of course, a healthy balanced diet is always recommended in conjunction with your fitness routine.

Remember:  The only bad workout  is the one you DIDN’T do.  

~Dayna
PX Studio

 

Article Sources
WebMD (www.webmd.com)
Health (www.health.com)

 

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