There are many people who have opinions and preconceived ideas about working out, and many of these may very well be true. On the other hand, some of them might be a load of utter nonsense! Here are some of the most popular myths about exercise, and the truth behind them:
1. The more you work out, the more weight you lose:
While this is true to a certain extent, we each have our own limits and capacity of how much we can work out in a day. Too much working out at a time can leave your muscles worn out, make you feel fatigued, and also cause a release of stress hormones in the body. So make sure to know your limits and pace yourself.
2. Weights are not for girls:
Most people have this perception that women who work out with weights are going to end up with big, bulking muscles.
The only case where this is true is when you get ladies who are body builders with the mission and goals to become bigger and have defined muscles.
If you are not trying to go for that look, you can still train using weights. In fact, it is recommended! When you add light to medium weight training to your cardio routine, it is the perfect way to tone your muscles whilst you burn fat.
3. Sit-ups = a flat stomach:
It is commonly believed that if you have excess fat around your tummy, the fastest way to get rid of it is by doing sit-ups and crunches every day. While this is a great place to start, it is not the solution to your problem.
The thing is, we can’t target where we want to lose weight. When you start doing exercises that help you burn fat, you start burning fat all over your body.
The saying “abs are made in the kitchen” rings extremely true, as burning fat is just as much eating right as it is exercise. That is why you should follow a proper diet, like the Manna Diet in order to lose weight in a healthy way.
However, when your stomach starts becoming flatter, you can start doing abdominal exercises in order to help tone and define the muscles on your belly.
4. Don’t drink water whilst walking:
People have different reasons for saying it, but the fact of the matter is that there is no evidence showing why you should not drink water while you walk.
On the other hand, we have evidence on our side when arguing that you should in fact drink water while you walk, this is quite simply so that you don’t get dehydrated.
Although it might not feel like an intense workout when you are walking, your body is still sweating to keep itself cool and this means that you have to replace fluid back into your body.
5. Building muscles lead to losing weight:
While doing weight training along with cardio is the best way to burn fat, actually building muscle is not going to help you lose weight. When you set out to build muscle, it is a completely different approach than losing weight. One of the big differences between the two is that for muscle mass you will be consuming more calories, whereas when trying to lose weight you will cut down on calories.
And in the end, you are not actually going to “lose weight” to get technical, since muscle weighs more than fat.