As far as fitness tips go, there are literally thousands of them online and most of these tips are indeed useful and effective. However, some of them become myths and misconceptions over time and continue to falsely lead people into threading water when it comes to their fitness progress, or even worse – injuries.
Here we have 3 workout myths busted by some of the most renowned fitness trainers currently in the world.
1. “Cardio Should Take Up Most Of Your Gym Time”
Of course cardio is crucial for any proper workout plan, but most people tend to overdo it and focus mainly on this type of training, which is a mistake, especially in the long run.
More is not always better, and this is the case with cardio.
“Spending long periods of time doing cardio, particularly continuous, low-intensity cardio, can actually be counterproductive,” says Annie Mulgrew, director of programming, CityRow. “It can cause the body to hold on to its energy sources … for fear that it will need them for future long, continuous exertions.”
As an alternative, you should try short bursts of high-intensity exercises as these have proven to burn fat quickly.
“Thirty minutes of HIIT is much more efficient and effective than an hour of steady-state cardio,” says Mulgrew.
2. “Sculpting Your BODY Is Priority Number 1”
Fitness is NEVER just about your body. Your mind is just as important. Aside from feeling physically fulfilled, one must also be:
This is why you need to find a workout plan that will change your mood and your mindset, not just your body.
“[The most harmful misconception about getting into shape is] that looking better on the outside is the best part — it’s not! Of course, getting fit and losing weight are important and huge motivators, but in my experience, mood and energy changes are the most immediate and gratifying part of getting into shape,” says Natalia Roberts, fitness instructor at ((305)) Fitness.
“Being in shape helps you in every aspect of your life — it helps you sleep better, boosts your energy throughout the day, and puts you in a better mood,” adds Roberts.
3. “Beast-Mode On! Always!”
Pushing yourself over the limit all the time is not a good idea. A high level of enthusiasm and feeling psyched about your every training session is great, but you also need to be:
“Some people will jump into a new exercise program and want to lift ALL the weights immediately, and work out twice a day every day of the week,” says Erica Giovinazzo, M.S., R.D., a coach at Brick West Hollywood.
“As a CrossFitter, I completely understand the thrill of this (the endorphins, feeling like you’re a superhero, seeing results), but be SMART. Consistent, persistent, smart training will help you avoid overtraining and give you better results,” adds Erica.