With so many new studies, articles, ++ information being released by people in the health + fitness industry everyday, it’s hard to figure out what’s true or false. It’s easy to believe the first advice // tip you hear, but speaking directly to experienced professionals + checking multiple, reliable sources are the best ways to separate the facts from the myths! Here are some thoughts on a few common fitness myths —
CRUNCHING YOUR WAY TO ABS
While crunches [when done correctly + with proper form] can help your abdominal muscles become stronger, they’re definitely not the only way to strengthen your abdominal muscles! There are countless other core exercises that you can do too ; ) It’s also important to remember that crunches aren’t going to give you a *six-pack.* There are multiple factors to keep in mind — the intensity of your workout, the amount of sleep you get, what you eat, ++ your stress levels can all affect how the muscles in your body build. The next time you’re at the gym, try adding side planks, leg raises, ++ horizontal jacks to your workout, or try substituting regular crunches with vertical crunches // bicycle crunches to work different parts of your body + strengthen your core!
SWEAT = HARD WORK
Some believe that if you aren’t sweating, you’re not working hard enough during your workout. However, the amount you sweat most often correlates with the type of workout you’re doing + the temperature of the room. Remember that every body reacts differently to working out, so don’t be discouraged if you’re not drenched in sweat after your sweat sesh! Take that sweaty selfie afterwards + be proud of your hard work. : )
NO PAIN, NO GAIN
When your body is sore, it’s typically because you worked different muscles in your body, increased the intensity of your routine, or are transitioning from an inactive to an active lifestyle. If you are a frequent runner or biker, after a while your body will get used to the motions + no longer feel sore, but that is okay! To keep your body from plateauing, try adding in different workouts to your routine, like HIIT or Zumba, or simply amp up the intensity of your runs // bike rides by adding in short intervals of high intensity + intervals of rest. If you do find your body feeling sore after a workout, try these tips on how to care for those muscles. Remember that there is a difference between muscles soreness + injury, so if you find yourself feeling sharp // prolonged pain after working out, see a doctor immediately!
NO DAYS OFF
Listening to your body is one of the most important parts of any fitness journey because your body knows when to rest to avoid injury + excessive stress. Exercising seven days a week isn’t bad for your body as long as you’re paying attention to how your body is responding + resting when needed. It’s better to take a rest day or two throughout the week than be injured! For those of you who find it hard to take a day off, active rest days can give your body the rest it needs while still allowing you to be up + moving!
By knowing how to properly treat your body before, during, ++ after working out, you can avoid injuring yourself or negatively affecting your health. Before starting a new fitness routine or taking any fitness // health advice, make sure you do your research + seek guidance from trusted, specialized professionals as you continue on in your fitness journey! : )
+Beth (bethb_inchaarg) // GVSU CHAARG