Whether you want to tone up, slim down, or boost your mood, you’ve likely taken a stab at tweaking your fitness routine.
Unfortunately, there’s a lot of fitness advice out there that won’t help you meet your goals and could actually do more harm than good.
Here’s an overview of some of the most enduring workout myths and misconceptions, as well as the real science that can help you meet your fitness goals in a healthy way.
1.Myth: To stay in shape, you only need to work out once or twice a week.
Truth: Ladies, stop avoiding those free weights. Adding strength training to your workout routine won’t make you bulk up – it will actually do the opposite. Increasing muscle mass will help you trim down, since lean muscle requires more energy, thus more calories are burned.
Adam Rosante, author of The 30-Second Body, explains, “The more lean muscle you have, the more calories your body will burn at rest.”
So you want to burn more calories while doing absolutely nothing? Pick up those weights.
5. Myth: Cardio Is Essential For Weight Loss
Truth: While cardio can help create the calorie deficit needed to lose weight, running everyday isn’t actually the best way to slim down since it doesn’t help you increase muscle mass.
To repeat (mainly for the ladies afraid of weights – you know who you are), strength training won’t make you bulk up. It will create lean muscle that will burn more calories at rest.
6. Myth: You Can Spot-Train To Reduce Fat In Certain Areas