Get the most out of your workout by getting in the know when it comes to what works and what doesn’t.
Myth #1: “I need to sweat to see results”
The truth: so you think you need to swim off the treadmill to tone up? Wrong! Sweating isn’t necessarily an indication of exertion. Instead, it’s your body’s way of regulating temperature. Things like genetics, weather and the body’s natural detoxification process can all play a part in how much or how little you sweat. So, although you can sweat during some types of exercise, you don’t necessarily have to. Instead of measuring the effectiveness of your workout by how much you perspire, use other indicators such as how high your heart rate is, or how challenging you find your workout. Push yourself a bit further eveytime for maximum results.
Myth #2: “Pump classes will make me bulk up”
The truth: Many women associate weights with huge muscles and body builders, but female bodies just aren’t made to look like Incredible Hulk. Classes such as Les Mills Body Pump, which use lots of weight repetitions can actually hep you build lean muscles, which is what most women are looking for. Head into a class for stronger bones, better health and a firmer, more tones, leaner body, and forget the myth. Even Marilyn Monroe lifted free weights! It’s not going to make you ‘huge’.
Myth #3: “The longer I work out, the better”
The truth: A lot of people can’t maintain an hour of fitness each day, but that doesn’t mean they should give up. Even if you can only make it to the gym once a week, you’ll still benefit. If you’re looking for to get fitter, leaner and stronger, interval training is the way forward. Going hard and then light and varying your heart rate will intesify how your body uses energy. Anything you can do to improve your overall health is a good thing. If you can’t make it to the treadmill as much as you want to, increase your incidental exercise and take the stairs, or leave your car in the further corner of the car park. These little things help benefit join stability and overall cardiovascular ability, and that’s going to improve your overall health and wellbeing in the long run.
Myth #4: “Only sit-ups will tone my stomach”
The truth: the ability to tone only one are of your body, also known as ‘spot reduction’, is a total myth. Sit-ups and crunches will strengthen and expand your abdominal muscles, but ‘toning’ your stomach is really about losing the layer of fat that covers it. So unless you’re already extremely lean, sit-ups won’t give you a washboard stomach, if that’s what you’re afterI recommend a sensible diet and establishing a regular exercise routine that incorporates both earobic and strength workouts. Then, do some exercises that focus on your core. Things like plank will actually make your waistline smaller and stronger rather than pushing the muscles outwards, and they more functional than sit-ups.