Here are 5 popular myths about exercise that you need to know about . . .
Myth 1: Ab Machines & Crunches Will Get Rid of Your Belly Fat
Sit-ups, crunches, and using ab machines will help you strengthen your abdominal muscles, but it is not going to cut the fat of your midsection. In fact, you want to get that six-pack, you’re going to have to focus more on losing your overall body fat percentage first. There isn’t any workout equipment that will help you burn fat in specific regions of your body.
Myth 2: Sweat is a Sign of a Good Workout
Sweating is simply your body’s way of cooling down. Everyone is different, and every body will sweat under different workout conditions. Just because you’re not sweating doesn’t mean you’re not getting a good workout.
Myth 3: Women Who Lift Weights Will Bulk up
Strength training is important for women to help them increase their metabolism, lower their risk of osteoporosis, and help stay fit. Bulking-up requires the right type of hormones (testosterone levels), which are much lower than men’s levels. That is why it is more unlikely that a women will grow big muscles without supplements.
Myth 4: Swimming Will Help You Lose A Lot of Weight
Working out in a pool will not help you lose as much weight as you would when running. You see, swimming is a good aerobic workout, and can help you tone muscles, but it’s not a great way to lose weight. In fact, swimming might even have the opposite effect since many people actually feel really hungry after a swimming session. It’s hard to say how much weight-loss benefit you’ll have in a pool.
Myth 5: You Will Burn More Fat By Exercising Longer at Lower Intensity
The faster you move, the more calories you are burning per minute. Although you burn fewer “fat calories” by moving faster, you will burn off more calories, and thus lose more weight that way.