There is a lot of hubbub around fitness programs and exercise regimes lately. And it is an often occurring trait of the IN topics to have lots of myths built around them. These myths sometimes are long standing resulting from lack of awareness while sometimes they are caused by an overspill of confusing information. The following section aims to discuss and clarify some very common exercise myths that loom large.
Myth # 1: Exercise Is Useless If I Can’t Do It 6 Days a Week or 1-2 Hours Everyday
Not true. Even a little exercise is better than no exercise at all. If you can’t exercise 6 days a week, do it 3 days a week. If you don’t have 1 straight hour to put in then workout for half an hour or even lesser. if you can’t fit in different types of exercise into your schedule like cardio and weight training, do whatever you can. But do keep moving. Something is always better than nothing, especially when it comes to exercise.
Myth # 2: Exercising Longer and at a Lower Intensity Will Make Me Lose More Weight
What matters most in order to lose weight or body fat is the total number of calories you burn during the workout. While exercising longer and slower may not necessarily make you burn more calories, it will certainly help if you are a newbie or are resuming exercise after a long break. Start slow and work towards increasing your workout intensity.
Myth # 3: Strength Training or Using Weights Will Lead Me to Bulk Up
Research has proven that strength training helps in losing body fat and converting fat into lean muscle. Sure you do not need to go all out on lifting weights. But if weight loss is your goal, adding 2-3 strength training sessions to your weekly exercise routine will help you get in shape quicker.
Myth # 4: Since I Don’t Have Access to a Gym, I Can’t Workout
This is more of an excuse than a myth and perhaps the lamest excuse of them all. If you can’t go to a gym, adopt a home based workout. If running is not your cup of tea, then walk. If you want to stay fit, you need to get up and get going.
Myth # 5: Yoga Based Workouts Can’t Help in Getting Fit
Mind body workouts like yoga and Tai Chi may apparently be gentler and slower, but they can very well help an overweight person in reaching his fitness goals. Since these routines target the very core of the human body by improving the breath, posture, balance and so on, they eventually lead to improved overall health and fitness.
Myth # 6: Exercising is Not the Right Solution for Me as I Will Gain Weight If I Stop Exercising
Now this one is true. But this is exactly like the fact that if you start binge eating, you will certainly gain weight. Not all of us are lucky enough to be able to maintain a healthy weight naturally. We have to make an effort. And exercising is certainly better than eternal starvation by all means, isn’t it?
Myth # 7: Exercise Is For the Young and the Strong
Just one word. False. Exercise can be as beneficial, in fact more, for people of age. Especially strength training can be great for middle aged people to make their bones stronger and ready for older age.