In the modern world, sport is almost as popular as it used to be in ancient times. Every second person goes to the gym, does yoga at home, or runs in the morning. The number of misconceptions about fitness has inevitably increased along with the number of people trying to keep fit.
We decided to research and discover what is true about fitness and what is a myth.
Biggest Fitness Myths
1. After Training, Muscle Pain Should Be Felt
Many believe that the training was effective if muscles ache after it. In fact, pain indicates microtrauma of muscle fibers obtained as a result of:
- excessive load;
- incorrectly performed exercises, that is, if the correct technique was not followed;
- insufficient warm-up before training.
It is important to remember that if after training the muscles do not hurt, this does not mean at all that there will be no result from work in the gym.
2. Stretching Can Reduce Muscle Pain
Stretching exercises are performed at the end of each workout. But this is not done at all in order to reduce muscle pain (if they received microtraumas, stretching cannot eliminate them).
Stretching after the main unit in fitness is needed to relax the muscles and give them elasticity.
3. You Need To Train As Often As Possible
There is a misconception that a busy schedule of fitness classes will provide the best result. In fact, it is proved that it takes 2-3 days to restore muscles after intense exercise.
Otherwise, if the body is given little time to rest, it may be overloaded and react negatively. This is especially true for beginners who are just starting classes.
it is recommended to adapt to the new regime gradually. There are times when a person abandoned fitness only because he trained too often.
Other Fitness Myth & Truth
Myth#4: Your workout is effective if your muscles are sore afterwards.
Truth: Pain is caused by microtrauma to the muscle fibers.
Myth#5: Stretching helps reduce muscle soreness.
Truth: Stretching is necessary to relax your muscles.
Myth#6: The longer your workout is, the better result you get.
Truth: The most important factor is the quality of your workout, not its duration.
Myth#7: You have to workout as often as possible.
Truth: Rest periods between workouts should last for upwards of 2 or 3 days.
Myth#8: Power exercises make a woman look bulky.
Truth: Power exercises make a woman’s body look fitter and more beautiful.
Myth#9: If you exercise your diet doesn’t matter.
Truth: The desired result can be only achieved if you eat healthily.
Myth#10: Exercising while wearing neoprene will help burn fat.
Truth: The ‘greenhouse effect’ can harm your health.
Myth#11: My friend’s workout routine will also help me lose weight.
Truth: Workout programs should be individually tailored for everyone.
Myth#12: Your scales reveal the result of your workout.
Truth: Using measuring tape is the best way to keep track of your progress.
Myth#13: In the first instance, you lose weight in stubborn areas.
Truth: In the first instance, you burn body fat in the areas you didn’t target.