8 Fitness Myths Busted
Yesterday, we debunked ten myths about food that will hopefully give you a clearer picture as to what is healthy and unhealthy. In keeping with the theme, today we will divulge into the world of fitness. Everyone has that strong desire to become fit and we all know that in order to be fit, one has to incorporate the proper diet, fitness routine, and of course lifestyle. However, harmful fitness myths may deter you from working out or jumping on the path to a healthy and active lifestyle. Therefore today, we break down eight of the most common fitness myths.
Myth: Protein is the best way to bulk up
Most people hold onto the idea that enough eggs and chicken breast will eventually turn them into a bodybuilder. While protein is important for muscle mass, there are many other aspects to consider. The best way to bulk up is to have a healthy and balanced diet which means adding macronutrients, micronutrients, vitamins, fats, carbohydrates, and minerals.
Myth: Eating Fats Will Make You Fat
Fats are generally good and needed for a complete diet. However, fats such as saturated fats and trans fats will add pounds to the scale. Fats are essential, however a good ratio is needed to master the best diet. If you’re looking for foods with healthy fats, consider avocados, nuts, olive oil and other plant based oils because they have a good ratio of healthy fats.
Myth: In Order To Be Stronger You Must Lift The Heaviest Weights Possible
If you’re looking to build muscle then we would not suggest lifting the heaviest weights possible. Instead, think about form. When weight-lighting, you will want to be comfortable and master the form before you progress with weights.
Myth: I Could Eat Unhealthy As Long As I Exercise
Some people justify their bad eating habits with exercise however exercise does not erase the negative consequences associated with unhealthy foods. According to several studies, diet is the most important aspect of a healthy life and it’s important to maintain a healthy diet while exercising.
Myth: Shakes Are Great For Weight Loss
While some shakes taste delicious, unfortunately they don’t help with weight loss. The majority of shakes on the market is loaded with sugar, protein, vitamins and colouring agents. They are not the worst thing in the world but rarely do they suppress your appetite. If you’re looking to lose weight, it’s best to have a complete and healthy diet consisting of carbs, vitamins, proteins and nutrients.
Myth: Weightlifting is Bad for Your Joints
Many people visit our HealthMax Physiotherapy Clinics with the belief that weight lifting makes joint pain increasingly worse however this is a common myth. According to a study published by the Journal of Rheumatology, researchers found that people experienced a 43% reduction in pain when completing weight-bearing exercises. As it turns out, weight lifting may be exactly what your joints need.
Myth: Exercise causes High Blood Pressure
You may feel your heart racing after an intense workout and feel as though your blood pressure will now be high however this is not the case. Studies have shown that exercise may lower your blood pressure by as much as 4%.
Myth: A Hot Bath Will Prevent Muscle Soreness
When it comes to muscle soreness, cold is always better than hot. According to fitness researchers, cold temperatures construct vessels, limiting inflammation and lactic acid buildup. If you’re looking to prevent or reduce soreness, use an ice pack before you opt for a hot bath.
If you’d like to know more about fitness misconceptions or would like to get professional fitness advice from certified trainers, please visit a HealthMax Physiotherapy Clinic near you or call (416) 431-4000. Remember, consultations are free!