Maybe you have heard some of these and maybe you have even believed some of them. Here are 5 of the top fitness myths and misconceptions out there. We're here to set the record straight and help you optimize your fitness routine to achieve your goals and not worry about "what so and so told you at the gym".
Myth 1. Lifting heavy weights makes you bulky.
This is a common misconception, especially among females looking to trim down. Lifting heavier weights for lower reps(8-10) can in fact burn more calories and trim you down more effectively than lifting lighter weights for higher reps(15-20) according to a study published by Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
Myth 2. Always stretch before you exercise.
While a proper warm up is indeed beneficial to maximize workout performance, static-stretching should not be a part of it. Stretching loosens tendons and destabilizes muscles which in turn can weaken muscles, reduce power output and open the door to injury. We recommend performing a dynamic warm up that focuses on getting your heart rate elevated and blood flowing to warm up your muscles for intense exercise. Once your workout is complete and your muscles are warm and fatigued, we recommend some light stretching to help loosen up tight muscles.
Myth 3. You can target where you want to burn fat.
Physiologically speaking, this is simply impossible. Unlike exercising where you can target specific muscles by isolation and stimulation, our bodies fat stores do not work in the same manner. Exercise can absolutely help you decrease unwanted body fat but, you cannot control where that fat comes from.
Myth 4. The best time to work out is first thing in the morning.
It may be, or it may not be. There is no single "best time" to work out. The optimal time for people to work out is when they can do it consistently. Everybody has different schedules so naturally, everybody will have their own "best time" to work out. The important thing is to get enough sleep so that your body can recover and keep you primed for your next workout.
Myth 5. Sports drinks are the best method to re-hydrate.
Experts recommend, get this...regular ole water! Sports drinks are often times laced with very high amounts of sugar which of course, can hinder your progress. Water helps to keep fluid moving throughout your body, flush out waste and fight inflammation. It is also recommended to get protein with 1 hour of exercise to start the repair process for your muscles. We recommend an all natural whey protein shake that does not contain any artificial sweeteners, dyes, or fillers to keep you on top of your game. Make hydration and supplementation simple keep your protein shakes smooth and water ice cold by using an Ice Shaker insulated bottle.
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