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  • FACING THE FITNESS FACTS

    One of the reasons I started this blog is to help as many people as possible in achieving their personal fitness/health goals. Not only do I want to help you achieve them I want you to become as educated as possible so when you DO achieve them, you have the tools to create new goals and/or continue with your healthy lifestyle.

    Now, if you don’t have the correct information then those goals may lead you to becoming frustrated and/or discouraged. Therefore this week’s blog is continuing on with the topic of “myths.” Last week I dispelled nutrition myths - now I’ll tackle the myths of fitness.

    It’s hard to keep the facts straight when so much information is out there regarding our health. It’s especially hard if you are trying to live your healthiest life and want to do so in the best way. Remember, finding what works for YOU is key to achieving your goals. If you don’t like one way of working out - try another. There are so many different ways to exercise, you just have to find the one that works for you. I understand not everyone loves exercise. It’s more of a necessary evil for many. It will not feel like a day at the spa so it is important that you find something you do not “dread” doing. If you ever are struggling to find the right fit for you in the exercise department - know I am always here to guide you no matter where you live.

    Now let me get some crazy fitness myths put to rest:

    MYTH #1. WOMEN NEED TO WORKOUT DIFFERENTLY THAN MEN.

    Ladies, ladies, ladies….it’s VERY important that you let this sink in. First, you will NOT bulk up or start looking like a man if you lift weights. In fact, lifting weights will allow your body to burn MORE CALORIES throughout your day by increasing your metabolism. Not to mention it will help prevent bone loss, osteoporosis, etc. The women you see that have lots of muscle on their frame achieved that look with an insane amount of hard work in the gym….hours upon hours...plus a clean diet and most likely a little chemical assistance along the way. Women simply don’t have the testosterone in our body to support the muscle gains that men get. I promise.

    Reaching for the light weights and doing higher repetitions will not challenging your muscles - which will then lead to zero results. DON’T be scared to lift a heavier weight. A perfect example is myself. My body is far from being bulky. I am always trying to increase the weight I lift and/or go as heavy as my body will allow. Anyone that feels they are getting bigger by lifting heavier needs to re-evaluate the food they eat.

    MYTH #2. THE BEST TIME TO EXERCISE IS IN THE MORNING.

    Here’s the thing - anytime that you exercise is the best time. With the hectic schedules we have today, the most important time is when you can make the time. When you find the time in your schedule to workout then you will most likely be more consistent which will then lead to results. That’s a win-win situation y’all!

    MYTH #3. CRUNCHES/AB WORK WILL GET YOU A FLAT STOMACH.

    Doing ab work is important for strengthening your mid-section but unfortunately it will not lead you to a flatter stomach. When you do your core exercises, you should always think “quality versus quantity.” If wanting a “six-pack” is your goal, please know how incredibly challenging that is. A goal of a tone or a flatter stomach is more realistic. Why? Getting a six pack (seeing your ab muscles) has to do with your overall percentage of body fat. As nice as it would be, sadly we cannot pick and choose where we lose the weight on our body. It is still very important that you keep your core strong but eating right, doing cardio and strength training to lose your overall body fat percentage is your best bet to a flatter stomach.

    MYTH #4. IF YOU ARE NOT SWEATING, YOU ARE NOT WORKING HARD ENOUGH.

    Sweating is simply your body’s way of cooling itself not necessarily an indicator of how hard you are working. As I’ve said before, everyone’s body is different and how much you sweat is no different. Some people sweat in the first few seconds of exercise while others don’t even break a sweat after an intense workout.

    MYTH #5. NO PAIN - NO GAINS!

    I personally am not a fan of having someone feel “debilitated” the next day after a workout. Yes, you may have days where you feel more sore than others but not being able to function the next day is not my idea of an ideal workout session. It’s one thing if you are just getting started (or back into) to be more sore than usual but the soreness factor doesn’t determine whether your workout was a success or not. You should NOT hurt while exercising. Yes, muscles “burning” but not “pain.” This could suggest an injury or an injury on the horizon. You want to make sure you are challenging yourself in your workouts but if you find you are VERY sore (have a hard time walking, sitting, moving your arms, etc.) after a lot of your workouts, you may be more inclined to stop which will then defeat your whole purpose of starting. If you are on the other side of the spectrum and like to feel sore, remember soreness is coming from the micro-tears we create in our muscles when we lift weights. Therefore the more often you are sore, the more likely you may be overtraining which may lead to injury. Recovery time is equally as important as training itself. Moral of the story: listen to your body.

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