Mythbusters: Common Misconceptions About Fitness
conflicting and little to no evidence claims probably have you thoroughly confused.
Sometimes advices from colleagues or friends can be extremely dangerous, especially those that promote extreme diets to lose weight rapidly within a short span of time. Workouts, if not regulated properly, can lead to injuries or frustration when results are not evident.
When it comes to fitness, you ought to realize that every person has a different body. If someone suggests a generalized diet plan, a workout or some form of exercise it is likely that they themselves aren’t sure of what they have suggested and you should be careful.
Different plans workout differently for each body, which is why you have tests like BMR that target your body specifically.
Below we have provided some common misconceptions about fitness that you should absolutely avoid for your own safety.
Fat turns into muscle and muscle will turn into fat
This is one very common misconception in the fitness world. Muscle buildup happens when your body works under stress causing micro tears in the muscle that are repaired stronger and bigger.
Muscle does not suddenly turn to fat just because you stop working out. If you see an increase in the fat percentage of your body after you stop lifting it has nothing to do with muscle turning into fat.
When you stop working out, you lose your muscle mass and thus, the ratio of body fat increases. The lack of physical activity has resulted in fat gain.
Similarly, when you work out and start to lose fat, it is not because fats are being converted into muscle. Rather, the lean muscle mass increases in size due to your workouts, but the fat loss is because of increased activity in your routine.
Sweating Means Your Workout Is More Effective
Everyone says if you sweat you’ve had an effective workout, which is not true. Sweating does not make a workout more effective. At most, sweating allows your body to cool off after heating up during a workout. Sweating allows your body to regulate your body temperature, and without it, your body runs the risk of overheating, resulting in a heatstroke.
Spot training or reducing one part of the body
There is no such thing as spot reduction of any particular body area. When we lose weight, we don’t lose it from a specific area; rather it is all over.
Spot training of a particular body area will not get you your desired results. A combination of a strict diet and compound body exercises will give you your desired results.
You need to realize that weight loss takes time and thus, you need to be patient with yourself in order to see results.
We hope we have cleared your common misconceptions regarding fitness. Before beginning any workout, remember to do your research based on the results you desire.