When it comes to physical training, each person has their own opinion about what works for them and what doesn’t, however; certain myths exist that most people believe are true. After doing a little digging, I was able to compile the 5 most common fitness myths that some people believe are fact. Here are your 5 fitness MYTHS BUSTED:
MYTH #1: Cardio burns more ‘fat’ than lifting weights.
TRUTH #1: If your goal is to lose weight, the treadmill isn’t always the best approach. Don't get me wrong, cardio will help you create a day-to-day calorie deficit, which is key to losing weight, but when it comes to creating a body that is a fat burning machine all day long, we have to focus on building lean muscle mass. Simply put, the more lean muscle mass you have, the more fat you will burn while sitting on the couch watching TV. The real question is... what builds more lean muscle mass, cardio or lifting weights? The answer is lifting weights. And since lifting weights helps you build more lean muscles mass compared to clocking miles on the treadmill, you'll be able to burn more fat throughout your entire day instead of solely during your 30 minute cardio session.
MYTH #2: Never squat with your knees past your toes.
TRUTH #2: I'll admit, I've always been a believer of the "never let your knees pass your toes when you squat" myth. Well, based on scientific study, squatting with your knees over your toes is actually normal, healthy and a bio-mechanically safe move to do. In fact, we do it every day. However, because of the varying ways people move, the distance you will naturally allow your knee to pass your toes during a squat is entirely up to you. If you happen to have longer legs, then it's probable that your knees will move passed the toes. Any attempt to prevent this will likely result in either you falling backwards or you churning out a really bad squat or lunge technique, which ultimately places increased loads on your lower back. So... allowing your knees to naturally move slightly passed your toes during a squat or lunge is completely safe... just don't forget to wear your JungleLift compression knee sleeves when doing so.
MYTH #3: The more I sweat, the better workout I’m having!
TRUTH #3: Sweating is a biological response you experience when your core body temperature increases in order to be regulated. Therefore, it can easily be said that sweating is more cause of the environment and not your workout directly. Stand in a hot and humid climate, and you will most likely start to sweat. But, that doesn't mean you're burning more calories than Jonny D who's pumping iron in the air conditioned weight room.
The more you sweat, the more you burn
Sweat is a natural response to physical activity, when your body is trying to cool down your skin and regulate its temperature. It usually correlates more with the environment you’re exercising in or your personal body make-up, not the amount of fat or calories you are burning.- See more at: http://www.keepitoff.org/fitness-myths-busted#sthash.72CWQcRq.dpuf
MYTH #4: Sit-ups are the most effective type of exercise to get a ripped six pack.
TRUTH #4: Let's start by saying - never believe everything Harry tells you on those late night infomercials. Crunches aren't going to hurt your core strength, but they're not the most efficient exercise you can do to strengthen your midsection and get that hard core 'washboard' abs look! First off, let's point out the obvious: if you're not burning the belly fat, you're not seeing the abs! Being able to "see" your abdominal muscles has to do with your overall percentage of body fat, varying your interval training, consuming carbs effectively, clocking in sufficient sleep, keeping your stress levels low, and of course, training properly (and hard). So... instead of crunches, go for the punches and focus on overall fat burning workouts!
MYTH #5: Running is bad for your knees.
TRUTH #5: How many times have you heard that running puts pressure on your knee joints, increasing your risk of developing knee problems over the long run (pun intended)? Well, a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise has debunked the decades-old idea that running ruins your joints. If you compare running versus walking on a ‘per-step basis’, then yes, running puts more pressure on your knee joint, however; the study, which included almost 75000 runners, concluded that running does not increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis, even if you are an avid marathon runner. Actually, the research confirmed that runners who had no previous or existing knee issues had a lower risk of developing arthritic pains compared to less active non-runners.
There you have it - 5 FITNESS MYTHS BUSTED!
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- Geo (of the Jungle)