Old wives tales seem to be particularly prevalent in the fitness world, so we’ve decided to take a look at some of the most widely circulating fitness claims to discover if they are really all they’re cracked up to be. Whether it’s to do with shedding the kilos, the exercise-diet balance or weights training for women, we’re sure you’ll discover a few surprises along today’s myth busting journey.
Unfortunately, that blinking calorie counter on your treadmill, cross trainer or bike may not be as accurate as you may think… When tracking the calories burnt during a workout, a whole heap of variables come into play, including gender, height and body fat percentage. Although most cardio machines do request your weight, these other important variables aren’t considered, meaning a generally inaccurate calorie reading. Sounds like a fitness myth to us!
A classic myth that has been floating around the fitness community for decades, many people assume that losing weight is associated with how hot and sweaty you get during a workout. Wrong! Sweating is your body’s way of cooling itself down, and unfortunately has nothing to do with the number of calories you’re burning. A run in winter without sweating is just as valuable as a run in summer which leaves you soaked.
You may lose a bit of water weight from heavy sweating, but once you’re rehydrated this will be immediately counteracted. Remember, the key to weight loss is balancing what you put in with what you put out.
Being obsessed with the number on the scales is common amongst people trying to lose or maintain a certain weight, but this practice can often be misleading and is not an indicator of overall health or fitness. Your weight can fluctuate depending on your muscle growth, and if you’ve just started a new diet of exercise regime, your body will be losing water weight at an impressive speed, meaning an initial significant drop on the scales which isn’t actually indicative of fat lost.
Scales also don’t take your insides into account—just because you’re a light person, does not mean your health is in tip top shape. A low number on the scales simply isn’t a prerequisite for a healthy life!
A common fitness misconception which may be undoing all of your hard work—that you can eat whatever you want because you’re working out regularly. Indulging from time to time is fine, as your ‘everyday’ routine is far more impactful than your ‘now and again’ routine, however eating a diet filled with sugar and fat laden processed foods on a daily process may actually put weight on, and result in vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Although some people may envisage muscly, bikini-clad weight lifters when they hear the terms ‘weights’ and ‘women’ in the same sentence, they couldn’t be further from the truth. Weights are a valuable fitness training tool for both men and women, which can assist with weight loss and toning, plus joint, bone and heart health. A balanced exercise regime always includes a certain amount of weights training, so ladies, don’t fear the iron! Get pumping!
Are there any other fitness myths you’ve recently busted? We’d love to hear how it’s changed your mindset surrounding exercise.