The first day of summer is officially 18 days away and if you ask us, you probably should’ve started working out last year (don’t worry we’re right there with you!) in order to get that dream beach body; whatev’s we’re not judging you.
But if you’re just getting started or if your body transformation is a year-around thing, are you sure you’re working out right? Now, you’re probably thinking “what the hell are they talking about?” Well, there are right and wrong ways to workout. With people being able to post whatever they want on the internet, sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s true and what’s not about working out…or about anything for that matter.
So, because we’re so nice and we want to help you keep it real, we did some digging and found 10 workout myths and their facts to help you out with your workout journey. No thanks needed, just send us your workout pics!
MYTH 1: Your cardio machine is counting the calories you’re burning.
FACT: Caloric burning depends on one’s age, fitness level, BMI and sex. Different sexes at different fitness levels and BMI’s, burn calories at different rates. Some machines don’t even ask for weight or sex.
MYTH 2: Heart rate monitors will let you know how hard you’re working.
FACT: Monitors can falter depending on what type of exercise you’re doing. Your body is better at telling you how hard you’re working. You can measure how intensely you’re working out depending on whether you can talk in full sentences, short phrases or barely being able to muster up a few words.
MYTH 3: Your weight is the end all.
FACT: Your weight has little to do with your fitness level. Muscle weighs more than fat, so it’s common to see an increase in weight when performing lifting regimens after a few weeks. Measure by seeing how your clothes fit and how you feel overall.
MYTH 4: Low Intensity exercise burns more fat.
FACT: The more intensely you exercise, the higher proportion of carbs you burn. You may burn less fat, but you burn more calories. Your body digs into the fat after it has burned all the carbs.
MYTH 5: Chug a protein shake after a workout.
FACT: While protein shakes are good for emergencies, they are a very low quality processed product. The best way to get protein is through foods like turkey, beef, yogurt and nuts.
MYTH 6: You can spot reduce for tight Abs or toned arms.
FACT: The more repetitions you do, the more muscle memory you embed. This reduces the effectiveness of your workout and causes your body to burn less fat. Working out all body parts will reduce muscle memory and increase calorie burn, which will translate into fat burn.
MYTH 7: You can eat whatever you want, as long as you workout.
FACT: Losing pounds and burning fat happens when you have a caloric deficit. However, intense caloric deficit works the opposite way. Muscles need to feed, so your food intake should consist of a balance of fats, proteins and carbs.
MYTH 8: Cardio is the only way to lose weight.
FACT: Cardio is good for the heart and increases endurance, but is not the best way to burn fat. Since muscles have higher energy stores in them, the body will actually begin to feed off these after extended cardio regimens, rather than fat. 10-25 minutes of cardio will give your heart what it needs, without causing your body to start feeding off of muscle.
MYTH 9: You have to do cardio in the morning on an empty stomach in order to burn fat.
FACT: Your body’s metabolism is at its lowest in the morning because you haven’t eaten for 8 hours or more. Eat a balanced breakfast and you will be able to exercise longer and your body’s metabolism will already be working.
MYTH 10: Drinking ice cold water burns fat.
FACT: There is no proof that cold water will shock your system and force your body to burn fat in order to stay warm. However, drinking room temperature water will have the exact same effects.
Now with some workout myths and misconceptions cleared up, hopefully you’re a bit smarter about your workout habits. Remember, no pain, no gain or more like no burn no gain…working out shouldn’t be painful!