3 biggest fitness misconceptions busted

Selective fat loss.

How many times have you heard someone say that they need to do more sit-ups so they can get abs? Working out a particular body part more will not result in more fat loss for that area (significantly). People tend to lose fat in different patterns based on genetics (think nature vs nurture). Of course strengthening the muscle will create toned and fantastic abs once the fatty tissue has decreased, but only doing sit-ups will actually be counter productive. Opt for total body workouts and watch where you lose fat first, it might surprise you. For example, I will lose my fat on my arms and legs before anything else and the last place I lose fat is my lower back and waist. Hayley lost fat in her fingers and face very first (and of course she wasn’t doing face workouts!).

I can eat whatever I want, I just went on a jog.

No matter how much you workout you won’t lose weight if your diet is not in check. It’s a simple energy balance equation; if you are consuming more energy than you are expending then the excess energy will be stored as fat. Believe me, it is a lot easier just to not have that IHOP breakfast than to run five miles. 

There is a “right” way to workout.

The best workout is what works for you. There are certain things that you can do to achieve your goals more quickly, but enjoying your workout is more important (at least as much as you can). If you hate running on a treadmill, then don’t. Personally, I like the elliptical or the bikes much more than the treadmill. I still get similar cardiovascular training, but I enjoy it a lot more. It might take you a while to figure out what you like doing the most, but once you do you will look forward to going to the gym.

 

 

 

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