Debunking some workout myths.
LIFTING WEIGHTS = BULKY BODY
Fact: Acquiring muscle mass requires a testosterone level that women don’t have. Men can bulk up easily, because they have 20 to 30 times more testosterone than women. While weightlifting can help to tone up a woman’s body – a la Victoria’s Secret’s angels – our tip for women is to do more reps with heavier weights, instead of a fewer reps with lighter weights.
CRUNCHES + SIT-UPS = SIX-PACK
Fact: You can do a 100 sit-ups a day and it won’t get you near washboard abs. The reason is simple: If you happen to have a high percentage of body fat, your six-pack will is to lose weight by doing lots cardio combined with eating a healthy diet. Core training movements, like
push-ups and planks, won’t hurt, either.
MORE CARDIO = MORE CALORIES BURNED
Fact: While this is true for resistance training; when it intensity interval training (HIIT) is the champ. A HIIT workout, which involves going from intense bursts of activity to rest and back to intense bursts – makes your metabolism burn calories at a higher level all day long.This way, you’re burning calories even when you’re not at the gym.
NO PAIN = NO GAIN
Fact: Yes, you should push your body - but this doesn’t mean that the best workouts are the ones that leave you exhausted, sore and pain. Keep in challenging, but if you’re in serious pain you should stop – that’s probably a sign you have injured yourself.
GLUTEN-FREE = GOOD
Fact: Gluten is a combination of two proteins – glutenin and gliadin – found in grains such wheat, barley and rye. A gluten-free diet is necessary for people who were born with celiac disease – a rare autoimmune disease that attacks the small intestine – or who have a gluten sensitivity. If you were born with a healthy body, there’s no need for you to follow the diet, as it doesn’t help to lose weight. In fact, some of gluten-free products have twice the carbs and a lot more sugar than the regular versions. Remember: Always see a doctor before starting any new exercise regimen.