Myth Busters! 5 Fitness Myths You Need to Know

Written by Amy Simmons

Dairy is good for you it has calcium! No it’s not it’s high in calories! Run it’s good cardio! Don’t run it’s bad for your knees! Lift heavy weights! Lift light you don’t want to look bulky!

We are bombarded with information on how to be healthy and get fit, but what is the truth! One day eggs are good for you, the next they have too much Cholesterol! I’m here to help shine light on just a few of the fitness myths out there. As for the others, be careful what you are reading and where you are getting your information from. Facebook is not a valid source! Reading about something one time does not make it true. Do your research and read carefully. You should always talk to a health professional or your doctor before making any drastic changes to your life because they might not be as healthy as you think.

Here are 5 fitness myths you need to know!!!

1. I need to eat very little to lose weight. 

FALSE!!! You actually don’t have to reduce the amount that you are eating to lose weight! What is very important is what you are eating. Whole grains, fruit, veggies, and lean meat are foods that should make up a majority of what you are eating. You will take in less calories without even thinking about it if you switch to a healthy diet.

2. I need to do hours of cardio everyday to shed belly fat.

FALSE! However cardio is a good thing. All you need is 3-4 intense sessions a week to burn fat. HIIT (high intensity interval training) is one of the most effective ways to keep your heart rate up and burn calories, especially when you don’t have hours to spend running on the treadmill!

3. Lifting heavy weights will make me look bulky.

FALSE AGAIN! Many women are afraid that if they lift heavy weights they will become the women on the cover of bodybuilding magazines. This is simply not true. Those women strive and work hard for that body type. It does not happen easily or over night. Lifting heavy is actually a great way to burn calories and get the results you are looking for faster! If you are doing 15 reps that is taking very little effort so you will not get results as quickly if any. Adjust the amount of weight so that you are able to do about 8-10 reps at a time.

4. Carbs are bad and I should stay away from them to lose weight.

FALSE! Not all carbs are bad! Fruits, veggies, dairy, even nuts all contain carbs and that’s okay. We need carbs they give us energy. Stay away from bad carb sources such as chips, white pasta and rice, and most junk foods.

5. I can control where I lose fat from such as in my target areas. 

FALSE! Unfortunately we can’t control exactly where we are burning our fat. Doing 1000 crunches does not mean you will only burn belly fat! In order to lose fat you have to workout all areas and you will burn fat in all areas!

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