Avoid These Exercise Myths to Stay Slim or Lose Fat

29 Nov

There are many myths surrounding losing excess body fat and even stomach exercises – actually with regard exercising in general.

And because many people don’t get the results that they want from exercise, they sometimes resort to cosmetic surgery for the removal of their excess fat. Liposuction and other such methods are invasive and not really necessary but it is important to understand the myths surrounding exercise and losing fat before you can make a decision about whether you are exercising correctly and want to continue with this natural route of losing fat and staying slim or whether you want to investigate cosmetic surgery and whether that is a realistic alternative for you.

The most common ones are as follows:

stay slim or lose fatSpot Toning is a Myth

Spot toning basically means that you will be doing lots of exercises to work an individual part of the body in a drastic attempt to lose fat from that area.

This is a total myth – you simply cannot lose fat from one particular part of the body by simply training and exercising alone. It just does not work that way.

In order to lose fat from a specific area of your body you will have to lose fat from all over your body and targeting the stomach muscles with hundreds of stomach crunches will just increase the size of the muscles but will actually do very little to reduce the layer of fat that covers those muscles.

A combination of cardiovascular exercise and a good healthy diet will help to increase your metabolic rate to burn more calories than you actually consume in order to get rid of that layer of fat.

Eat All You Want and Exercise It Off is a Myth

Many people believe that if they eat everything they fancy and then do lots of stomach crunches, they will burn off all of the calories that they have consumed throughout the day. This is a total myth.

You may well get toned abdominal muscles this way, but you will never be able to see them unless you reduce your overall calorie intake.

Lots of Stomach Crunches to Exercise Your Abs Is a Myth

Lots of individuals believe that the correct stomach or abdominal workout is to perform a minimum of 100 stomach crunches – extra fast one after the other – to get it over and done with. This is definitely not the best way to improve muscular definition.

Slow and controlled crunches are much more effective. And performing three sets of maybe 20 – 25 good quality crunches will be a lot more beneficial than doing even 200 or 300 the wrong way and too quickly.

Gaining Weight is Inevitable as you Get Older is a Myth

The only reason that we all seem to gain weight as we get older is purely because we have less energy, and as such we reduce our levels of physical activity, thus lowering our metabolic rate. This reduction in our metabolism is caused by the loss of muscle mass, so it’s actually a bit of a cycle that increases our weight.

Less energy = less exercise = less lean muscle mass = lower metabolism = weight gain!

However, it is possible to reverse or prevent this process by simply exercising even as little as just 30 minutes three times each week.

Strength Training or Muscle Building Will Make Women Too Muscular is a Myth

The vast majority of women are scared that this type of training will give the huge muscles, believing that strength training is for men only. Again, this is a myth.

It is harder for women to build muscle mass because they have much lower levels of testosterone. To end up with bulky muscles, a woman would need to be taking either steroids or supplements.

However, it is of benefit to women to do some strength training in their workouts because they physically have less muscle and bone than men, and as they are at a greater risk of osteoporosis than men, they need to take care of their bodies. Muscle wastage ultimately puts women at a far greater risk of osteoporosis as they get older.

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