What are the 5 Most Common Fitness Myths?
If you’ve spent even one day in the gym before, you’ll know that the fitness industry has a somewhat loose relationship with the truth. From supplements to suspect workout regimes, the practice of making yourself healthier has never been so complicated.
So, with so much misinformation standing between you and your fitness goals, you’ve landed here in an effort to clear some of the fog. Now join us as we do that and bust the most common fitness myths around.
- Exercising can erase bad eating habits – It’s an attitude that a shocking number of gym going folk hold, but unfortunately, it’s just not the truth. Bad diets aren’t just about calories, they’re about nutrients and chemicals that your body needs to stay healthy and operate at a high level. Not only will eating badly lead to you looking and feeling bad, it’ll stop you from reaching your training goals thanks to lower energy levels.
Sit down and really examine what you eat. You’ll find that eating healthily isn’t anywhere near as hard as it’s made out to be.
- You can ‘just tone your muscles’ - Many approach the gym with the goal of just getting more toned. It’s a perfectly reasonable expectation, but it’s not possible. Think of it this way – your muscles are already toned or you wouldn’t be able to move around. They’re just not visible because of the layer of fat covering them. Fix your diet and work on cardio to help reveal those muscles. To grow them, do dedicated workouts for the muscles groups you want to target.
- Lean meat is the only way to muscle growth – Over the years, we’ve spoken to countless vegetarians and vegans who’ve become dejected and quit working out because they’ve been told meat is the only route to the top. Quite frankly, it’s nonsense.
To build muscle you need exercise, calories and nutrient. Vegetables are full of slow-digesting carbs, minerals and vitamins. As long as you’re hitting your calorie targets, there’s absolutely no reason why vegetables aren’t suitable for muscle growth.
- Women and men need different exercises – You might well have been told differently, but men and women don’t need different types of exercise. Both sexes have the same body structure, although hormonal differences do mean that there’s a difference in muscle strength. Men have a tendency to focus on abs, chest and arms, whilst women focus on glutes and legs. It doesn’t take a genius to realise that each is missing half of a complete workout.
- If you don’t feel terrible after a workout, you didn’t do enough – Let’s set the record straight on this one: a workout is a workout. So often those who attend gyms are encouraged to push themselves to the point of absolute collapse. The saying is, if you’re not hurting, you’re not doing it right.
Well, wrong. Pushing yourself too far can lead to injuries, sustained discomfort and generally just horrible feelings. If you’re just getting started, build slowly and steadily. Progress is made as long as you keep up to it.
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