Here are 7 common myths and the facts that will set you straight when it comes to exercising and how it relates to losing weight.
Myth One: You lose more pounds when you sweat more
Fact One: Weight loss and sweating have nothing in common. Losing weight comes from burning calories. At the end of your work-out, what is going to help you lose weight is that you burned as much or more calories than you consumed. You can work up the biggest sweat while working out, but that will only lose you 1 or 2 pounds of water weight.
Myth Two: If you carry free weights or wear an ankle weight while walking you’ll burn more calories
Fact Two: Your exercise efforts can actually be thwarted by using weights while doing your aerobics. Your everyday gait and the mechanics of your body are altered when adding weight while you jog or walk. It can also put you at risk for straining your ligaments, joints, and tendons.
Myths Three: You will burn up your muscle tissue if you exercise too long
Fact Three: Your body is constantly burning carbs and fats with very little protein. So one hour of exercise isn’t going to do any damage. However, you do need to limit your time exercising simply to prevent injury.
Myth Four: If you don’t feel pain, you don’t have any gain while working out
Fact Four: Simply because your muscles are burning doesn’t mean you’re getting in shape. A good cardio work out is important for your circulatory and heart system, but burning muscles doesn’t mean you’re getting cardio-fit. You do want to get your heart rate up while exercising for the best results.
Myth Five: Targeting one area to lose fat
Fact Five: Gimmicks are usually too good to even be possibly true. You cannot do a specific area reduction, it is not physiologically possible.
Myth Six: Stay in your heart rate zone, it doesn’t help burn fat to go over it
Fact Six: You can and will burn fat and if you push yourself to exercise more and go over your heart rate zone, it won’t hurt, as long as you are in good health overall. If you have had heart problems, you need to check with your doctor before doing any type of exercise programs anyway.
Myth Seven: When the motivation starts to drop, work harder
Fact Seven: It can be good to have change Exercise is only good if you’re enjoying it. A drop in motivation may be a signal it is time to make a change in your exercise routine.