By Rose Reisman


There are many myths floating around the topic of exercise, which should be discussed. Understanding the facts will encourage better results.

1. Sit ups will flatten your stomach
Crunches will tone your ab muscles, but this must go along with a healthy diet to reduce the calories and your weight. So forget about those ab machines you see on television! Another way to tighten the stomach muscles is through core exercises such as pilates or yoga.

2. Stretch before exercise or you can injury yourself
It’s best to warm up before you stretch. Before going into a full force aerobic activity, start the activity slowing, build up and after completed, it’s best to stretch.

3. When you stop working out your muscles will turn to fat
When you stop exercising for a period you quickly lose muscle and gain fat and it’s quite noticeable. It may look like the muscle is turning into fat, but what is more likely happening is that when you stop exercising, you don’t cut back the calories and you gain weight

4. Eat protein after exercise to build muscle
After a workout your best food are complex carbohydrates including fruits, vegetables, beans or whole grains. Your body has used the glycogen, which is made from carbohydrates that is stored in your muscles and liver. Your lack of energy after a workout is due to this loss of carbohydrates. Protein will help tone your muscles. But you get this at your meals.

5. Exercising less than 3 times a week is not worth it
We’ve all heard that the minimum time to work out is 3 times per week. but the truth is that any exercise is better than nothing. But this won’t assist in weight loss or building good aerobic endurance. If you’re only working out occasionally you’ll be more prone to injury and weight gain.

6. Running over time destroys your joints
This does have some truth is you’re a long distance runner on a daily basis and don’t take care of your body. If you’re not paying attention to chronic injuries, not wearing the proper shoes , running on concrete surfaces or overweight, joints will deteriorate over time. The key is moderation and preventing injury.

7. As you age you gain weight
This seems to be the norm but it doesn’t have to be. Metabolis does slow down with age, but if you either increase your exercise or reduce your calories this will not occur. Most people become more sedentary as they age which is the problem.

8. Being overweight is genetic 
Genetics account for about 30% of your current health. that means you can control 70%. Having overweight parents make weight control more challenging but being proactive in terms of healthy eating and exercise can easily fight this situation. Lifestyle counts more than genetics.. If you’re overweight but exercise you’ll still be in better shape than someone not exercising.

9. Women who do weights look bulky
The key here is for women to do more reps with less weights to avoid large bulky muscles. Its takes much more weight training for women to bulk up then men.


ROSE REISMAN
is an entrepreneur whose strength lies in recognizing the ever-changing needs of the wellness marketplace. She is an author, health and wellness consultant, caterer, public speaker, media personality, and mother of four children. For more articles like this one, please visit http://www.artoflivingwell.ca/




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