There’s no better feeling than getting to grips with a fitness or training regime! You feel more motivated and happier in general. Starting is the hardest part in more ways than just the physical demands – it’s difficult to pin down your focuses and the exercise you’re going to use to achieve this. This is made all the more difficult when turning to the internet for straight answers – there is a pool of conflicting ideas and confusion on certain topics.
Our friends at Hillmotts are here to debunk the glaringly obvious misconceptions of exercise and training so you can gain the most from your training.
Myth – Lifting heavy weights makes you bulky
The Truth – In some cases, exactly the opposite can occur – lifting heavy weights can slim you down. Commonly, our perception of weightlifters are associated with those muscly and bulky people we see flexing in the mirror at the gym, however lifting heavy weights can shed a lot more fat than cardio workouts do on their own. Women lifting a heavy weight at a rate of 8 reps burn almost double the amount of calories than a woman pulling 15 reps at a lighter weight would.
Read the 4 benefits of weightlifting here.
Myth – Exercise machines work just as well as free weights
The Truth – You actually burn fewer calories on a machine as it isolates specific muscles when training. Additionally, a wide variety of machines are actually tailored to a male frame, height and weight, which makes it particularly difficult for women to use. If you have access to free weights then it’s a much better and more effective alternative.
Find out more about this in Natural Balance Food’s Free weights or machines article.
Myth – Running on a treadmill has the same benefits as running outside
The Truth – Although the momentum and the physical demands of a treadmill mimic the traditional run, you’re actually burning a lot less calories. Generally, your muscles are more engaged on a run when you’re outside, this is due to uneven terrains and wind resistance which inevitably causes you to burn more calories. It has been found that you burn around 10% more calories outside then you would on a treadmill.
There is, in fact, a bunch of benefits to exercising outside, check out why you should exercise outside.
Myth – Fat loss can be targeted
The Truth – A lot of people look to find the best exercise for weight loss, however you can’t control where fat comes from, so therefore it’s impossible to target particular types of fat. However, you can reduce your overall body fat through workouts. If you want to target loss from the arms, legs or stomach then a full body workout is going to be much more effective then attempting to isolate the singular areas that you wish to slim down.
Myth – Crunches are a good way to burn fat around the stomach
The Truth – In order to effectively lose weight, you’re going to be way better off performing multi-muscle exercises such as press ups, squats and lunges which actually target a variety of your core regions. Crunches are in fact the least effective means of burning belly fat.
So there you are - some exercise truths for you! Dive into our fitness community section to discover more fitness tips, articles and different types of exercise. Start off with Foods For Post-Exercise Recovery and the 7 Day Healthy Sports Nutrition Diet.
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