Myth 1: Sits ups and crunches are the secret to a flat stomach
Unfortunately, we could do 100 sit ups a day and still not see any signs of a six pack. Why? Sit ups and crunches, don’t actually burn many calories, so won’t burn through fat around the abdomen to make our muscles underneath visible. While sit ups and crunches do target some stomach muscles, exercises such as the plank or bridge better engage your core and burn more calories.
Myth 2: You need to work out every day to lose weight
This one is surprising; hitting the gym seven days a week could actually be detrimental to your weight loss or fitness journey. Your muscles require rest to grow, so if overworked, can’t repair themselves and build stronger. Strenuous exercise every day can also be bad news for your appetite, as it tends to increase after a big workout, causing us to over eat! So stick to around 3-5 times a week for your big workouts. Although, gentle exercise daily such as a brisk walk is beneficial for boosting our metabolism and mood!
Myth 3: Drinking sports drinks after workouts are good for you
Unless you’re a high performance athlete or working out for 90 minutes or over, you don’t need after workout drinks. Drinking them is simply adding extra sugar and calories to your diet. Drinking water after your workout is enough, around 500mls is recommended to replace the fluid you’ve lost.
Remember to hydrate before your workout too so your body can work at its best and to avoid fatigue or dizziness. Around 250mls is recommended 15 minutes before exercise.
Myth 4: Lifting too many weights will make you bulk up
The weights section isn’t only for the guys, get in there! Women generally produce around 10% less testosterone than men do, so it’s nearly impossible for us to bulk up and start looking like bodybuilders!
Lifting weights is also a great way to shift stubborn fat. While cardio burns both fat and muscles, weight lifting almost only burns fat! We know what we’ll be doing next gym visit!
Myth 5: The more you sweat, the more you burn. Right?
Wrong. Sweating is the body’s natural way of cooling down, so an indicator of how hot we are, not how many calories we’re burning. A better way to gauge how hard you’re working is how fast your heart is beating and how out of breath you are!