Get­ting weighed down by com­mon gym­ming myths?

So you think the more you sweat, the more ki­los you shed? Wrong! It’s time to bust these ex­er­cis­ing mis­con­cep­tions


Has the mon­soonin­duced pakora and chai binge made you put on a few ex­tra ki­los? If yes, then here’s help. Be­fore you hit the gym, here are a few tips to get you started and bust com­mon gym­ming myths. While some think that squats are bad for knees, oth­ers think that over­dos­ing on crunches will lead to a flat belly. So, clear your head of these myths and start afresh.

Weight train­ing bulks up the body

Male and fe­male bod­ies re­spond to weight train­ing in dif­fer­ent ways. Male body pro­duces a hor­mone called testos­terone, which is es­sen­tial if you want to gain size, but the fe­male body does not. So, chances of get­ting bulky if you lift weights are nil. In­stead, weight train­ing will help you in ton­ing up.

You should not work out dur­ing men­stru­a­tion

You can, and you should work out dur­ing your men­strual cy­cle. Ex­er­cis­ing dur­ing your pe­riod will help you re­duce ab­dom­i­nal cramps. When you ex­er­cise, the body re­leases “feel-good” hor­mone called en­dor­phins, which keep your brain calm and makes you feel bet­ter. How­ever, avoid do­ing in­ten­sive ex­er­cise and skip the abs day. Light yoga stretches, car­dio, swimming and light weight train­ing are ideal.

More sweat­ing means more weight loss

When you sweat, the body re­leases wa­ter and sodium, due to which you feel that you have lost weight. This il­lu­sion­ary loss is tem­po­rary, and comes back when you re­hy­drate your­self. Sweat­ing is the body’s mech­a­nism for cool­ing down.

To get a flat stom­ach, do a lot of crunches

If you want to lose that stub­born belly fat, crunches alone would not help you. You should train your lower ex­trem­i­ties as well. Dead lifts, twists, leg raises and squats are ef­fec­tive in re­duc­ing belly fat.

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