Crunches. Cardio. CrossFit.
Fitness comes in all forms, and there’s no such thing as a
“one size fits all” method to exercising. But what you don’t know about fitness
may actually hurt you, and learning the science behind your favorite workouts
can help bridge the gap between missing your goal and completely crushing it.
From half-truths to general misconceptions, we’re breaking down
a few popular fitness myths and giving you the cold, hard facts behind these common beliefs.
Myth #1: You Can
Target Fat Burn
While working out will reduce your overall percentage of
body fat, it’s impossible for you to target just where that fat is being
reduced. For those who are interested in slimming down, experts suggest
choosing a workout that will provide the most overall fat burn, such as
high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Regardless of how many crunches and ab
exercises you do, you won’t see any muscle definition until you reduce the
amount of fat on top of your abdominal muscles.
In order to tone specific muscles, you need to reduce your overall body
fat, which requires high-intensity training and a clean diet.
Myth #2: Hitting The
Gym Is All You Have To Do
No amount of exercise will negate a bad diet, and it’s all
about balance. An intense morning workout doesn’t justify a day’s worth of terrible
eating. Weight loss is all about calories in versus calories out, and
maintaining a calorie deficit is key to dropping pounds and increasing your
health. The truth is that it’s easy to “out-eat” your exercise, and it’s
essential for you to workout and eat healthy to both maintain good health and
to lose weight.
“Consume excess calories and you have to counterbalance
them,” says Sara Hass,
R.D.N., spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Diabetics. “And it’s hard
enough to get enough exercise in to undo the calories you’ll get in a double
cheeseburger with French fries and a milkshake.”
Myth #3: You Need To
Exercise For Long Periods of Time To See Results
Finding the time to exercise is usually hard for most
people, especially since most people believe they need to be able to dedicate
at least an hour a day to exercising. What most people don’t know, is that
high-intensity interval training (HIIT) has been shown to be much more effective
than traditional cardio, and it requires a fraction of the time. While there
are several different versions and iterations of HIIT, the general method
involves maximum exertion followed by a quick period of rest – all set up on
intervals. One example could be a 30-second sprint, followed by a 90-second
period of “recovery.” This lets you focus on the intensity of your workouts
instead of the length – allowing you to get more done in a shorter amount of time.
Exercise is essential to maintaining good health, and
fitness shouldn’t be a month-long fad – it should be a life-long pursuit and
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