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The Realities about some Exercise Myths

Updated on January 28, 2015

You can find countless expert advices over exercises, diet, fitness etc. everywhere, be it gazillions of fitness magazines, internet websites, blogs and what not. How do you decide, which one to believe out of all? Most of the times, what we do is to simply browse through some blogs or website, which we find in the most popular blog directories or article directories, or the one that comes on the first page in a search engine results. How would you decide if the information provided by them is true, or a myth, or holds valid for your body type?

The American Council on Exercise survey asked 1500 ACE- certified professionals in diet and fitness to list down the most common exercise myths, which they learned from their clients. Following is a list of these myths:

1) Women should not do Heavy weights, or else they'd get bulked up

Well, it is one of the most popular myths. The fact is that, women do not have the hormones to develop that lot of muscles. According to ACE, women are just not genetically conditioned to get that muscular body bulk. You need to have the right amount of testosterones and hormones to become Arnold Schwarzenegger. And, women naturally do not have enough of that.

I remember, I saw a woman, with typical wrestler’s muscles long time back on Guinness Book of world records. Well, that was more the power of artificial techniques and steroids, thanks to our science and advanced developments. So, if you are a girl and want to become Khali, you can follow that woman's path. But, since majority of girls don't want that, they need not do power lifts, and can simply go for light weights. Simplest way to tone up your arms is to use dumbbells on treadmill, or while working on step-aerobics. But, this should be done after consulting an instructor only.

2) It is possible to just work on one body part and reduce it

According to ACE, this idea has come from the belief that a person can burn the "fat" from that particular body part, he is working on. Fundamentally, no one can "burn the fat", they can only burn the "calories". If you want to reduce your body fat, go for aerobics, yoga and gymming. But trying to reduce from a part of your body in a trice downright, doesn't work. You can of course do particular exercises e.g. specific health exercising like back exercising to reduce back pain, but this won’t work to reduce any fat from there.

3) Your exercise should make your muscles pain to be effective!

If you exert yourself to get pain in first two days of a week, how can you think of working out and losing weight? The rest five days will be spent on bed, recovering. Each body has its different demands and endurance and, hence you need a customized practical exercise regime that suits you. It might be hard to digest, but pain is really not something one should aim at, to get desired results.

A bit of pain is good, just to figure out that your muscles, that have remain untouched since ages are now getting back to action. Your exercises must test the cardio-respiratory and musculo-skeletal systems and whip up their functions, stimulate your exercise pulse rate, but never cause any injury to you. Also, you must take enough Vitamin C, whenever you are working out. You can either chew a candy or have juice. This will help you in preventing cramps and dehydration.

4) Exercise needs time, and I am too busy for that!

To all the excusers and slackers, here is the news- It doesn't matter how much time you devote in exercising.

Quality matters! Here too, and yes it matters a lot!

Even if you are doing simple toe and neck rotation exercises, but are regular in them, you are at good side of receiving benefits.

According to majority of experts, 20 minutes of cardiovascular activities to be followed by 10-15 minutes of stretches, weight training or floor workout can ideally work the best. If you feel you don't have enough time to go to gym, walk your way to fitness. Best ways to inculcate walking in your daily routine is to take stairs, spare some 15 minutes daily to walk up and down your building or office's staircase. Quit using remote control and walk your 6 steps to television to change the channel every time, and a lot more. You just need to be innovative, and you'll get thousands of fitness ideas that can crop up from your own daily routine.

Think fitness, and you will surely achieve it.


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      calicoaster 7 years ago

      Thanks Chaotic Chica !! :)

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      Chaotic Chica 7 years ago

      Excellent hub! It is important to debunk such myths in order for one to come to terms with realistic weight loss! Thank you!