Fitness myths busted

Published: 05th December 2012 09:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th December 2012 09:49 AM   |  A+A-


It is very easy to be misled when you finally make up your mind to get fit by hitting the gym or undertaking an exercise regime.

There are many advertisements and 'certified' fitness instructors who will give you their own version of how to do it right.

But, whom do you believe? For starters, we tell what are the most common fitness myths and bust it for you:

Women who lift weights will bulk up: This is probably the most overrated myth!Women’s testosterone levels are much lower than men’s, so they are not capable of building large muscles like men do.

Even men have a tough time gaining muscle and it's something you have to work very hard to achieve, irrespective of being male or female. Even regular strength-training will not make you look like a female body builder. In fact, since muscle takes up less room than fat, women tend to lose inches when they do weight training. So, don't think twice before lifting those dumbbells.

No pain, no gain: Of course, you can't get rid of the stubborn fat without working hard.

But, moderation is the key. Exercising to the point of pain can do more harm than good.

It is normal to experience a little soreness after trying something new or returning to exercise after a long break.

But if something continues to hurt, try lowering the intensity and if the pain continues, consult a certified fitness expert.

But don't fall into the trap of, "If it doesn't pain, it's probably not good enough."

Drinking water during exercise will give you cramps: Drinking lots of water just before exercising is not recommended as it can make you feel bloated.

But drinking water before, during and after exercise helps in preventing dehydration and cramps.

Try to sip water every 15 minutes and if you are going to be exercising for more than an hour, it's better that you consider an energy drink.

If I can't workout often enough and hard enough, I might as well not do it: Remember, "Something is better than nothing." There are simple things you can do to increase your activity without having to go to the gym: take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Even moderate activity can reduce your risk for heart disease. So, even if it is for 30 minutes, try to indulge in some kind of physical activity on a daily basis.

Exercise early morning and on an empty stomach: Exercising on an empty stomach does not affect weight loss and it may do more harm by hindering your ability to do a high intensity workout. And there is no 'standard' time to exercise.

The best time is, of course, what fits your schedule. But ensure that you drink at least one glass of juice if you like to exercise in the morning.

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