The Exercise Myths You Shouldn’t Keep Telling Yourself

The way in which you approach exercise can greatly influence the results that you obtain. Seeing results in terms of weight loss, muscle gain and overall health, has just as much to do with the body as it does with the mind. This being said, there are so many notions about how fitness is supposed to look for everyone, that myths have become part of the main stream: everything from feeling sore every time you workout, to how eating will affect your results. However, with these notions, comes an increased chance of injury or illness. Striving to meet goals that are just out of the physical human range can have adverse affects on health. Here are some common beliefs that you may have heard around the gym which are, sadly, all untrue.

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Sweat Means I’m Working Hard

Sweating is not necessarily a sign of working at higher levels in the gym. In fact, the environment in which you work out has a large role in whether sweat is produced from the body during a workout. High temperatures and high amounts of humidity,combined together, typically demand more perspiration and a much higher heart rate. However, even at their highest, they do not, in any wa,y mean that more calories are being burned, or that your workout is better than the person next to you not sweating a drop. All too often, the amount of sweat depends on the person and their physical makeup.

More Workouts Mean Faster Results

Yes, in general, working out more will produce better, longer-lasting results; however, exercising without sufficient rest can actually lead to poor recovery. Giving the muscles time to recover and relax, in preparation for the next round of exercise, is key in seeing any type of results. Not letting muscles rest can mean they are in a constant state of fatigue and cannot grow; they are also at a higher risk for tearing at this stage.

I’m Free To Eat Anything After a Hard Workout

It’s pretty impossible to track just how many calories you burn in any workout, no matter how good your fitness tracker is. Therefore, eating whatever you’d like after a workout, isn’t overly ideal. According to a 2010 study in the Journal of Sports Medicine & Physical Fitness, a large majority of those who workout intensely and regularly feel a sense of entitlement after a good workout, which leads them to feel like they can eat whatever they like. Eating clean and healthy at all times doesn’t mean sacrificing taste or flavor, but eating smart does come with a little restraint.

Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.

 

 

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