As you renovate your lifestyle and take steps to get healthier, you will encounter advice flying at you from all sides. Your friend swears by this method, an expert says you need to do something else, and a television commercial promises results from yet another fitness program. The problem is, all of these different types of advice seem to conflict with one another! Who is telling you the truth? And are there some fitness myths you simply should avoid altogether?
What works for one person might not work just right for another, so it might take time to design a program that is just right for you. Having said that, yes, there are some outright myths floating around out there. Here are a few of the more prevalent ones.
All you need is cardio. You’ll have people telling you that cardio is all you need to do, if you want to get in shape or lose weight. Cardio certainly does burn fat, which might be one of your goals, and it’s good for your heart as well. But the real key to weight loss is burning more calories than you consume, so diet is important too. And, there are numerous benefits to strength training, so we suggest that your exercise regimen should not consist of only cardio.
You have to exercise first thing in the morning. Someone might tell you that exercising first thing in the morning will rev up your metabolism for the rest of the day, so you absolutely must get up at 5 am and go for a run. This strategy can work well for some people, but it’s definitely not the only way to lose weight or get in better shape. The most important thing is to exercise consistently, at whatever time actually fits into your schedule and doesn’t trigger burnout.
You need to look a certain way, or you’re not healthy enough. Keep in mind that lighting, photograph angles, and digital editing are all used to create those pictures of “perfect” fitness models. In real life, we don’t have those things at our disposal. Plus, they are just clues that even fitness models don’t look like fitness models! If you’re feeling more energetic, dropping pounds, and gaining strength and endurance, then you’re getting healthier. Celebrate that, and get rid of the idea that healthy people only look a particular way. They don’t.
“No pain, no gain”. It is true that you will push through some discomfort in order to reach your maximum potential. But if what you’re feeling is actual pain, rather than just moderate soreness, this can be a sign that something is wrong. Don’t keep pushing yourself through a potential injury, or you’ll make it worse.
As always, give us a call if you have questions about weight loss or your fitness routine. We can help you design a program that is safe for you, and helps you achieve your goals.