Myths about exercise busted!

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Most of us go through the same dilemma of when should we start to exercise, how and most importantly what if we leave it? Because of the advise of many friends and family we end up not doing any at all. So to out your mind at ease we have composed some points which usually goes through our minds and acts as a hindrance to start our regime.

1. Do I only need to do cardio training  to lose weight

Weight loss is achieved by reducing the calories each day and whilst endurance type training is helpful to burn calories. Iit isn’t the only way. Resistance training helps shed unwanted body fat through elevating your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) which is the amount of calories you require to maintain normal bodily function at rest. An increased BMR means that you’re burning more fat and increasing fat free mass, even when you’re not working out.

2. Lifting weight can make you look masculine

This is one of the most common fitness myths for women. Some tend to avoid resistance training due to social stigmas or through fear of becoming the female hulk. Rest assured, testosterone is the key to increasing muscular size and men have 20 – 30 times more testosterone than women, which is why they can bulk up so noticeably.

Women who regularly participate in resistance training can improve their health, boost metabolism, reduce the risk of osteoporosis, and help develop good feelings about themselves. Strength training will also assist fat loss and help to keep it off.

3.If you are heavy, you cannot exercise.

Anyone can exercise… It’s just about finding the right type and intensity to suit your body. People who are overweight are best to seek the guidance of an exercise expert.These professionals will be able to help you train in a way that is gentler on your joints and prescribe exercise appropriate to your current fitness and activity levels in order to move safely.

4. Sit up alone can take away belly fat 

Your body cannot spot reduce fat. Simple. We are all different and our bodies are predisposed to storing fat in certain locations in a certain order. When you start to lose weight, your body will lose the fat you currently have in a certain order as well – it might come off your arms first, then your legs, then your belly, then your chest, and then your butt. Or in a different order, depending on your personal genetic makeup. Everyone is different and sadly, we can’t choose where we lose fat from.

5. You should not exercise if you are sick

We know that when we are sick we should rest, but we want to keep our exercise routine sizzling. So, can we exercise whilst battling the sniffles?

The answer is yes, and no. The key thing to remember is to listen to your body. If your body is in pain or you feel weak, it is time to rest, as this could be a sign of your body fighting an infection. However, if you have given exercise the green light, consider exercising at a lower intensity and/or shorter time periods than you would when in normal health.

6. The more I sweat, the more I lose weight?

FALSE! Sweat is a biological response that cools your skin and regulates internal body temperature, it is how the body cools itself. There is considerable variability in sweating rates between individuals.

It is possible to burn a significant amount of energy without breaking a sweat. Losing weight requires burning kilojoules, not necessarily sweating profusely.

7. You should not exercise if you are pregnant

FALSE! In the past, pregnant women were discouraged from exercise because of social and cultural biases, rather than scientific evidence. Today, we know that regular exercise during pregnancy can be beneficial for a woman’s fitness and psychological well-being, and prevent excessive weight gain in pregnancy.

Hope these put your mind to ease and motivate you to start exercising without fear. One thing for sure is that you should consult a good physician before starting vigorous exercise and get your medical conditions checked. Moderate exercise is always advisable for those with medical conditions. Exercise, eat healthy and stay happy. Keep tuned for more blogs…