We trust that you’ve already got a good fitness program in play; but for those of you still on the search for the right routine, here are some pieces of the worst fitness advice you should never follow:
- Exercise = Weight Loss
Absolutely false. This fitness myth tends to come from a multitude of workout programs, promising that a complete exercise program will help you shed pounds. If your goal is to lose weight, exercise isn’t the (only) answer. Your diet plays a key factor in how successfully you’re able to manage your weight, whether if it’s how many calories you take in daily, or the kinds of foods you’re eating. It’s not completely about how much you’re actually burning off. While exercising does help, it can’t work alone.
- “No Pain, No Gain”
While this may sound motivational from your fitness trainer, it’s not exactly the best way to go about exercising. You can still achieve the same benefits from working out by exercising or being moderately active multiple times a week for 30-40 minutes. This can include walking, jogging, swimming, or even participating in your favorite sport. There’s no need to push yourself to the point of pain; if you’re not an athlete, and just want to be active to stay healthy, there’s no reason to put yourself through any discomfort.
- You Can Burn More Fat Working Out Before a Meal
Working out before you’ve eaten can actually be quite harmful to your body—your muscles specifically. Your body breaks down the protein found in your muscles to use as energy while you are asleep. If you don’t provide your body or muscles with enough energy through food, especially before a workout, then your body will continue to break down your muscles to compensate, decreasing your overall muscle mass, and actually decreasing the rate of your metabolism. And yes, this means that working out before a meal is actually counterproductive to burning fat.
As you embark on a new fitness routine, keep these common fitness myths in mind; if you’re trying to be active and healthy, just make sure you’re eating the proper diet and that you’re not putting your body through any more stress than it needs to.