Debunking Common Fitness Myths
1. No Pain. No Gain. Muscle soreness is not a determining factor of the effectiveness of your workouts. Your muscles become sore because of a breakdown in muscle fibers. Recovery is important!
2. Women who lift weights will “bulk up”. Women do not have the same amount & types of hormones as men do to cause a “bulky body”
3. Extra protein means BIG muscles. Too much of anything turns to fat in your body. Your body can only process a certain amount of protein, so what’s the point in extra protein? It’s just going to pack on the pounds…but not with muscle!
4. Gatorade & other sports drinks are a must. Hydrating while exercising is important, but unless you are going to be exercising more than 90 minutes, you don’t need to replace electrolytes with sports drinks. Sports drinks will only add extra calories to your diet if improperly used.
5. Exercise has to be done in continuous bouts to be effective. As long as total exercise minutes ranges from 30-60 minutes most days of the week, you’re good! It’s okay for workouts to be 10-15 minutes at a time throughout your day.
6. More sweat means more results. Sweating is your body’s cooling mechanism, so it doesn’t always determine how hard you are exercising.