There are also pieces of information that seem to suggest that performing certain workouts would amount to risking one’s health. Most of these claims are not true and despite sounding suspicious, most people will not take time to verify the information. Below are some of the most common fitness myths you might have come across, and why you should never believe in them.
1. Lifting weights will transform you to look like a bodybuilder
This is one of the most common fitness myths out there. Many people, mostly those who don’t even follow any fitness program, are wired to believe that the only thing you need to become a body builder is lifting weights. This is misleading to say the least because lifting weights is not even one of the factors that determine muscle mass. The only three factors that determine your muscle mass are hormones, diet and exercise volume.
Women have smaller muscles because they don’t have as much testosterone as men, and even if you lifted weights while sticking to the wrong diet you would reap no results. It’s also possible that you might adhere to the two other factors mentioned but the lack of the required testosterone levels could bar you from achieving your goal of becoming a bodybuilder.
2. The more you sweat, the more calories burnt
Using amount of sweat as an indicator of the amount of calories burnt is misleading as well. Bodies are different and there are people who don’t produce a lot of sweat even when performing intense workout. You could tire your body off trying to break sweat yet this is not one of the ways you will achieve your fitness goals. The issue is to focus on the recommended fitness guidelines as such claims that don’t have a scientific backing are sometimes capable of damaging one’s health.
3. As long as you work out regularly you can eat anything
To get fit and to maintain a healthy body, you need to maintain a balance between your workout choices and diet. Even with intense workout, you are not exempted from eating healthy foods. Most people will lie to you that even if you took many calories and continued working your body would respond by creating a balance, after all you are burning calories while working out, right? That’s a clear lie and you could end up wasting a lot of time at the gym trying to achieve something you already are working against.
4. No pain, no gain
Usually, pain indicates tissue damage and this is something you should never clamor for. You might have seen several people brag about how their muscles have become painful as a result of the intensity of workout they did several days earlier. In all honesty, you should not focus on inflicting pain on yourself in the hope that it will give you good results.
5. You need electrolytes after workout
The assumption that taking electrolyte-enhanced drinks helps after workout is a myth. In fact, taking these drinks could form a habit because they contain added sugars. While working out, even after breaking sweat, the amount of electrolytes lost is approximately 1% of the sweat, with the rest being water. So it makes more sense to take water than electrolyte drinks. If you think you need to supplement electrolytes then eating a banana would be fine.