Dispelling the Exercise Myths
It is amazing how many exercise myths are around that are commonly held beliefs by many people.
In this article we will examine some of the most commonly-held myths that people have about exercise, explain why they are false and provide you with the facts!
Exercise Myth 1: Muscle turns into fat when you stop exercising!Throughout this website we talk about how effective weight training is when it comes to assisting your weight-loss efforts. However, many people don't consider lifting weights as an option for them when they put together their weight-loss program.
Their reason for neglecting weight training is simply because they have the mistaken belief that the muscle they put on will turn to fat when they stop doing it.
There are several reasons why this is one of the most commonly-held exercise myths but is also an incorrect belief. The fact is that fat and muscle are completely different tissues. Fat is composed of triglycerides, which are made up of fatty acids and glycerol whilst muscle tissue is made up of protein (amino acids) and water.
It is a physiological impossibility to turn one tissue into the other.
However, it is not uncommon to see former professional athletes become overweight or even obese after retiring from their sport. This is likely to be the main reason why this is one of the most common exercise myths; their muscle has turned into fat.
The reason why this occurs is simply because they have maintained their food intake but they have reduced or stopped exercising. This means that their body isn't burning up the amount of fuel that it used to. Plus, the reduced exercise also means that they will have lost precious muscle tissue, also leading to a significant drop in their metabolic rate.
As a result, their muscles shrink and fat gets stored around their body so it looks as if the muscle has turned into fat!
The way to avoid this from happening is to simply eat less when you stop exercising. Better still, don't stop exercising at all! Exercise is something that increases in importance as we age so it makes sense that make it a permanent part of our lifestyle.
Exercise Myth 2: Sit-ups help to burn off stomach fat!Sit-ups, or any other abdominal exercise for that matter, help to strengthen your abdominal muscles. Unfortunately, they do not burn the fat that lies directly over them, which is known as 'Spot Reduction'.
'Spot reduction' is another one of the commonly-held exercise myths. It is impossible burn the fat that overlies a body part from any area of the body by performing exercises to work the muscle underneath.
The only way to burn off body fat from your body is to combined the correct nutritional principles, a suitable exercise program and correct supplementation.
Exercise Myth 3: Lifting weights makes you 'bulk up'!Lifting weights does stimulate your muscles to increase in size. However, if you limit your food intake (as you should do if you want to lose weight) it is impossible to 'bulk up' because there's no extra calories or protein to build muscle with.
This is one of the exercise myths that stops people from achieving their weight-loss goal quickly and easily.
Furthermore, lifting weights is one of the best ways to lose weight fast. Not only does it have a positive impact on your metabolism but it also forces your body to maintain its existing muscle mass as you lose weight. This means it provides a greater 'engine' within which to burn the fat.
If you want to lose weight but you don't lift weights then up to half of the weight you lose will come from muscle tissue and if you lose muscle your metabolism will slow down, making further weight loss more difficult.
Therefore, if you want to lose weight, make weight training an essential part of your weight-loss program. It certainly won't make you bulk up as long as you control your food intake.
If you haven't had much experience with lifting weights, I strongly recommend employing the services of a qualified and experienced personal trainer. They can show you how to perform the exercises safely and effectively. Plus, they help to make your workouts more enjoyable too.
Exercise Myth 4: You have to exercise in the 'Fat-Burning Zone'
The 'Fat-Burning Zone' is said to be
60-80% of your maximum heart rate and by exercising within this zone you can burn off the maximum amount of fat. Exercising at a higher
level of intensity burns off a greater proportion of carbohydrate compared to fat, i.e. 70% of the calories burnt off come from carbohydrate
and 30% from fat rather than 50% from carbohydrate and 50% from fat at the lower level of intensity.
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