It is never a good idea to seek advice about the proper method to exercise and effective workout routines from random YouTube users or, even worse, TikTok users. There may be numerous articles and videos on the Internet and your peers may have their own opinions, but the only person you should listen to is either your doctor or a personal trainer — essentially, someone who understands how your body functions.
Here are some fitness fallacies that everyone appears to believe. Remember to take with a grain of salt these debunked beliefs. This is, after all, the Internet.
- Everyone should exercise
Even if it’s just stretching after a nap, we must be as physically active as possible throughout the day in order to enjoy the benefits of a healthy body. However, each individual is distinct and has a distinct body structure and condition. Therefore, not all forms of exercise are advantageous for everyone. A thirty-minute jog may be simple for your friend, but you will figuratively perish after two minutes. There is a possibility that you have undiagnosed cardiac problems, so overloading your system is unwise.
After training with dumbbells and a protein shake bottle, a woman exercising in a gym takes a fitness break while holding an apple. She is also carrying a protein shake bottle.
- Intense exercise burns fat
Some individuals engage in strenuous exercise to transform their “muffin tops” into tight and fit bodies, unaware that basic muscle contractions cannot remove sagging skin in a matter of minutes. Regular exercise and dieting are required in order to lose a significant amount of body fat. Yes, correct nutrition accounts for 90% of this success.
- Perspiration expends calories
You may have read somewhere that if you do not sweat, you will not expend calories. Isn’t that what a sauna is for? In actuality, experts debunked this fallacy decades ago, as sweating only prevents the body from overheating by cooling it. Actually, there is no correlation between perspiration and calorie loss.
4. Exercise transforms adipose into muscle
You might believe that jogging will help you burn fat quicker and get in shape, but unfortunately, this is not sufficient. Push-ups, planks and pull-ups will help you build muscle while cardio exercises will help you eliminate fat. This combination is required to achieve the intended result. If you have fallen from your position, you will have to exert great effort to regain it.
- post-exercise pastries are acceptable
The belief that indulging in unhealthy refreshments is acceptable must be one of the most widespread misconceptions. You justify your poor dietary habits because you are unable to give them up. Obviously, there’s nothing stopping you from eating whatever you want after the gym, but doing so is detrimental to your health and makes achieving your fitness objectives nearly impossible. Diet and exercise complement one another. And exercising should not be an excuse to consume junk cuisine.
- No agony — no gain
This is a common myth, but it is not true. Muscle tissue microtears are the source of the discomfort you’re experiencing after exercising. In addition to microtrauma, strained muscles also secrete lactic acid. Is discomfort a sign of a successful workout? Some people believe that the body should hurt everywhere, but the absence of pain is normal, particularly if you’re a fitness enthusiast with years of experience. It is much worse if you leave the gym looking like you were just pummelling by a chimpanzee.
- Exercise aggravates back discomfort
What you lift is less essential than how much and how you lift it. Attempting to deadlift something that is not meant to be lifted by humans would be foolish, but if you insist on doing so, lift with your legs, not your back. You are aware that we developed this S-shaped vertebrae for a good reason, right? In fact, do not attempt to pick up anything from the floor while seated in a chair, even if it is just a pencil. You could easily break like a stick!
8. Situps are the ideal instrument to combat abdominal fat.
The dreadful abdominal obesity returns. What action do you take? Obviously, 100 sit-ups are the first exercise that springs to mind! However, these exercises do strengthen abdominal muscles but do not eliminate fat.