Getting on track with a fitness or training regime is a great feeling – you feel better, more motivated and happier. However, the initial start can be a hard graft - not just from a physical perspective, but from the plethora of conflicting views towards various types of exercise in this world of Google and Social Media! This leads to confusion and the conflict of ideas leads to many myths and old wives tales.
Our friends at Hillmotts are on board to settle these myths once and for all, so without further adieu, let’s iron out these myths so you can continue to gain the most from your training from now on.
Myth – Lifting heavy weights makes you bulky
The Truth – Did you know that lifting heavy weights can actually slim you down? Commonly, our perception of weightlifters are associated with those muscly and bulky builds we see at the gym, however the truth is that lifting weights sheds a lot more fat than cardio workouts can on its 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.
Myth – Using a treadmill provides 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 in the outside setting, 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 in this style of running as opposed to the treadmill.
There is, in fact, a bunch of benefits to exercising outside, check out why you should exercise outside.
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 the access to free weights then it’s a much better and more effective alternative.
Myth – Fat loss can be targeted
The Truth – The fact is 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 where you’re experiencing problems.
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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