5 Common Exercise Myths Busted

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Sometimes, facts surprise us altogether and help us realize what we’ve been thinking all the while was just a result of misconception. The same seems true with exercise too. We have a lot of false impressions about exercise and dieting and keep pushing hard until we are exhausted and tired of not seeing any results. But maybe you are doing it wrong altogether. Here are some of the most common exercise myths busted.

Myth 1: Morning cardio on empty stomach sheds more fat

There’s no scientific evidence to prove this fat-burning theory. If you work out on an empty stomach, you will run out of energy a lot quicker, therefore the quality of your workout will decrease. Rather, eat something that is easily digestible – like a piece of fruit or a low-fat fruit drink – before morning workouts, to top off energy levels. This way, your muscles and body have enough energy for a workout.

Myth 2: Muscle weighs more than fat

This isn’t exactly true: One kilo of muscle weighs the same as one kilo of fat. So does one kilo of anything. The confusion lies not in the weight of the substance, but in its density. Muscle is much denser than fat, meaning that one kilo of muscle takes up less room than one kilo of fat: If your weight remains the same, you’ll look sleeker and smaller. So keep exercising.

Myth 3: Low intensity exercises burn fat faster

This is true during exercise, but not afterwards. Low intensity exercises burn more calories from fat rather than carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are burnt when higher-intensity exercises or activities are done. Focus on the amount of calories that are burnt rather than what type of fuel is used during exercise. A higher-intensity workout burns more calories and increases metabolic rate, as more calories are used after exercise.

Myth 4: You can eat anything you want, as long as you exercise

Wish it were true… but sadly, this is not reality. It’s okay to reward yourselves with treats once in a while. However, not all the fat in your favorite junk foods shows on the surface. Some of it is deposited around bodily organs, as visceral fat. This is dangerous to your health. So yes, you can exercise for hours on end and still stay skinny on a diet of burgers and candy, but you’ll get much more – with respect to overall health – by fuelling your body with good food.

Myth 5: Women who lift weights become muscular and masculine

Many women think that a few weight exercises will turn them into bodybuilders like the ones they see in magazines. But before comparing yourself to them, think about the role played by genetics and the grueling workouts that they do and the role of dietary supplements. You’d have to train very hard and eat loads of calories to put on all that muscular bulk. Strength training is very important for women as it builds up muscle and bone mass, which, in turn, decreases your susceptibility to osteoporosis. So grab that dumb-bell and pump away.