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7 Common Myths Regarding Exercise, Women Probably Believes

Updated on May 11, 2020
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As it has been rightly said, " Fitness is not about being better than someone else, it's about being better than you used to be". But it definitely not goes for those women who keep themselves away from exercise. Most of them end up talking about the work of an office, college or household chores throughout the day, equivalent to exercise. But if this work was to give equal benefits as to exercise, then there will no question of providing advice for fitness workouts. We all know it's important, but to commence it, is the most difficult task. Often, our thinking is the biggest obstacle in the way of exercise. Unfortunately, today there is a lot of advice out there on fitness but that surely won't help to meet your goals and could certainly do more harm than good.

Here's a synopsis of some most enduring workout myths and misconceptions that will help you satisfy your fitness goals in a healthier way.

Myth#1: Weight will reduce rapidly with workout

Truth: One most important truth you all have to understand is that exercise is necessary to keep your body fit and healthy. This alone can be effective in curbing obesity, but if you become obese, you will have to take care of other things as well to reduce your weight. Your BMI ( body mass index) and physical activities will also matter. The truth is that as per exercise is essential for weight loss so modifications in your diet is also important. The ultimate combination of these two aspects will help you achieve your goal of losing weight.

Myth#2: Exercise means reducing calories

Truth: Airfit, running, Zumba, kickboxing are great ways to burn calories and increase cardiovascular fitness. Various tests on these workouts are often conducted in a short period, that is, if the hardest part of the activity is only a five minutes burst, it will burn hardly 1,000 calories. And if you take rest in between any of your workout sessions before an hour, then it's for sure that you didn't burn 1000 calories and in fact, it possibly burnt closer to forty per cent or less than that.

Whether you are fat or not, exercise is not just for that much only. Exercise helps in increasing flexibility in the body, makes it strong, and alleviate better coordination between the brain and other organs of the body. It also helps in the better functioning of the heart and lungs.

Myth#3: Some Excercises are for Men only

Truth: Now, it totally depends on the stamina. A well-trained coach delivers his superior advice only on the basis of body structure and the importance of that exercise to them. Men are only powerful during erratic, dynamic contractions, not during heavy negatives, even at a high speed. Women also recovers well after heavy exercises like sprints. A good trainer takes special care about the particular needs and conditions of the individual when giving training to a trainee. The same thing applies when exercising at home. Exercise can always be the same for both the men and women but some differences may arise in the way of doing it.

Myth#4: Use restrictive calorie diet to lose weight

Truth: Restrictive calorie diet will increase your lipogenic enzymes by about 50 percent, and those suckers load of fat into the fat cells, which will do more harm than good. But the fact is that the low-calorie diets are not okay for everyone. If your BMI is more than 30 than the low-calorie intake will be safe, but to be used under proper medical supervision. If you are aged above 50 years, or pregnant, a teen, or depending on the potential requirements for pre-existing circumstances, are not advised to use a restrictive calorie diet.

Myth#5: Negative Impact of Exercise During Mensuration

Truth: According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, exercise during periods can reduce the feeling of sadness, so eventually helps to lift the mood or anger.

According to the office on Women's Health physical activity can stimulate energy levels instead of lowering it down. It also helps to lower the menstrual pain as found in people who exercised 3 days a week, for at least half an hour, for an 8 weeks time covering.

So exercising is a useful option when you are on your periods and also when you are not.

Myth#6: Don't Eat Right After Excercise

Truth: The actual truth is that after a workout, our body needs nutrients to heal it and make it powerful. We should consume a small, healthy snack within 15 to 60 minutes of exercise. Make sure it, not something sort of sugary but full of protein and carbohydrates. This will provide the fuel required to do workouts.

Myth#:7 Exercise can Make a Woman Bulky

Truth: The truth is that exercise tones and strengthens muscles and increase metabolism of the body. Studies have shown that workout with heavy weights helps you to reduce the weight, increase bone density and curb muscle loss. It is purely a myth in women that their muscle formation will evolve just like a man after exercise. If we go deep into the scientific logic, it determines that women have to work much harder to form muscles like a man. It is because of the presence of a high level of muscle-building testosterone in man than in women.

Conclusion

With so many myths and misconceptions about women fitness, it's very easy to become misinformed on the results you want from your workouts. But the actual truth is that women have the potency and ability to accomplish great results from regular exercising. Just because you heard it from your friends or family or you read it from somewhere doesn't always mean it's true. So, it completely depends on the body structure and stamina, though some women are still carrying them back maybe because of the myths they have heard encompassing exercises.

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    • Kh swati profile imageAUTHOR

      Swati Khandelwal 

      2 weeks ago from Nainital

      Thank you sowrabha for liking the article. Have a great day

    • Sowrabha Mahesh profile image

      sowspeaks 

      2 weeks ago from Bengaluru

      Hi Swati, this article did bust one myth that i was prey to as well and to know that research also validates that one can exercise during menses.That was interesting. Thanks for throwing light!

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well everything here is good for everyone. Of course a menstrual cycle can sound strange for men, but men have certain cycles also so I think more studies are needed there.

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      3 weeks ago from South India

      Ms Swati, by going through your article I understand that this is very useful for women. So I am sharing it with my wife and daughter for their proper healthcare.

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      Vikram Brahma 

      3 weeks ago from Assam, India

      Hey Swati, whatever points you have shared are all good points. I totally agree with you that along with exercise proper diet is also important. In fact I have studied somewhere that food is 80% and exercise is 20%. I also believe depending upon the kind of exercise we do you will going to get the result. If we lift too much weight we will get bulky body, if we do more of stretching exercise we will become more flexible. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this topic.

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