Let’s Dispel These Five Old Wives’ Tales of Fitness
Health, fitness and exercise are complicated topics with a lot of opinions and information floating around. Here we're going to explain away five of the most common fallacies of the fitness world that can deter people from exercising or hinder their progress when they do...
1) Cardio is the type of exercise needed to burn fat
Yes, cardiovascular exercise burns fat, but so does strength training. Cardio is not more important than strength training; they are both equally important as they both help eliminate fat. Strength training builds muscle, and with extra muscle comes a higher resting metabolic rate, which causes the body to burn more calories while in a dormant state than it would with less muscle mass. If you’re looking to burn fat, use a combination of cardiovascular and strength training.
2) If women lift weights they'll get "man-like" muscles
3) Muscle weighs more than fat
4) Your exercise sessions need to be at least an hour long
This is complete nonsense. The amount of time your exercise sessions should consist of depends entirely on the kind of exercises you’re doing. For some types, less is actually better. High-intensity interval training (HIIT), for example, is known to boost metabolism for twenty-four hours or longer after a workout. Short bouts of running give proven benefits to the human heart. Ten minutes of push-ups and sit-ups every morning and evening can tone your arms and abdominal muscles to help give you that coveted summer body. Any amount of exercise is beneficial.
5) BMI is the way everyone should measure their fitness
Body mass index, as a system of measuring fitness, has its uses, but they mostly lie in the treatment of people who are clearly overweight or obese. BMI is actually an oversimplified measurement of health that can give incorrect ideas about a person’s fitness.