When it comes to fitness and training it can sometimes seem like a minefield when deciding how to tackle it. For instance, are treadmills not as effective as the real thing? How about crunches? Are those sit-ups really worth the effort, or is there a better way of doing things?
Well, when it comes to fitness, our friends at Hillmotts know what they’re talking about and are here to set the record straight on 5 fitness myths, so let’s get stuck in and see if you can get more from your training.
Myth – You can target fat loss
Fact - Working out can reduce your overall body fat, but you can't control where that fat comes from. For example, if you wish to target
fat loss from the stomach, arms or legs, a full body workout is
much more effective to shift the fat than trying to isolate your problem areas.
Myth – Lifting heavy weights makes you bulky
Fact – On the contrary, lifting heavy weights can actually slim you down. Women who lift a challenging weight for 8 reps burn nearly
twice as many calories as women who do 15 reps with a lighter weight.
If you've seen images of muscular women and you’re frightened that you may look like that by lifting heavy weights, don’t worry! Female bodybuilders do more than just lift weights – they dedicate a huge amount of time and commitment, not to mention eating a special diet high in protein and calories. Lifting weights burns fat much more effectively than cardio alone, and more importantly helps keep the fat away!
Myth – Exercise machines are just as good as free weights
Fact – Weight machines isolate specific muscles and this means you actually burn fewer calories on a machine than you do when you exercise freestyle. Also, many exercise machines are actually designed with a man’s frame, weight and height in mind, which can make it tough for women to nail proper form when you use them. If you can use free weights instead, go for it!
Myth – Running on a treadmill is just as effective as running outside
Fact – Whilst treadmills seem like they are working you hard, you’re actually burning fewer calories. Running against wind or on uneven terrain engages more of your muscles and therefore needs more energy. You will end up burning about 10 percent more calories than running the same distance on a treadmill.
Myth – Crunches are a good way to burn fat around the stomach
Fact - To really cinch your waistline, you're better off doing multi-muscle exercises (squats, press ups, lunges) that target multiple regions of your core. Crunches don't count and are actually the least effective way to burn belly fat.
There you go! Fitness facts and fiction. For more fitness tips, why not read about the differences between strength training and cardio, and if you’re having trouble being motivated why not try and make exercise more fun!
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