There is a substantial amount of information out there and while this can be a great thing, it can also lead to a lot of misinformation.
These are 5 common fitness myths, debunked:
1. Lifting weights inhibits or stunts growth.
There has been absolutely no evidence to validate this myth. If one starts lifting more than one can handle it can lead to injury, no matter the age or experience, but not to a decrease in height.
The effects of weight lifting, leads to an increase in testosterone, which may actually help in increasing bone density and length.
2. Lift many reps of light weight to get toned.
To get that toned and lean look, one needs to have a low body fat percentage and plenty of muscle mass. Using light weight will not help to achieve muscle mass. No muscle fibers are being torn and reconstructed to become bigger and stronger, if not they are not being challenged enough.
If one doesn’t have muscle mass, a lot of fat will not be burned. Without muscle and without fat, there will be no toned look.
3. If you sweat a lot you will burn a lot of fat.
Sweating is the body’s reaction to heat, working to cool the body down. The scientific term for this process is thermoregulation. While you may lose weight after sweating, it is usually from the loss of water, not fat.
4. Swimming is a great activity to lose weight.
While this may be a good exercise for your lungs, fat floats in water so you are being supported. If you were to run,which has no outside support, it would be a much better exercise to lose weight.
Unless you swim for hours a day, it’s not an ideal way to lose weight. However if you want to lose more calories while swimming, swim in cold water as the body burns more calories trying to heat itself up.
Keep in mind it’s still not a huge difference and swimming shouldn’t be used as a primary exercise to lose weight.
5. No pain-no gain.
It is of vital importance to be able to distinguish pain, from muscle soreness.
Working out should not hurt while doing the activity and if it does you should stop right away. You are either doing it incorrectly or already have an injury and should stop immediately.
If it hurts, take a break and see if the pain goes away.