Bad fitness advice
> Many so-called experts’ recommendations on what to do and what not to do to stay fit sometimes lack simple common sense
help strengthen them.
If you exercise, you must take more protein It’s mind blowing that people who get to know me assume that I consume protein powders regularly.
The fact is, I’ve merely made good use of the food I’ve consumed to help build muscle, by watching my calories and nutrition.
Yes, muscles do need protein for growth, but clever advertising by the supplement product makers would have you believe that bodies can only be built through protein supplementation.
You must first be fit to start a fitness programme I teach Spin classes and run bootcamp sessions. Yes, I would say these two programmes are decently intense.
However, as with all fitness programmes and even the mighty CrossFit, there are always concessions to accommodate beginners.
Carbs and fat are bad The shaming of carbs and fat came about after the Atkins diet became popular. It was also a time when bodybuilding became popular and everybody wanted a shredded body; which is to eliminate carbs and fat
The fact is, the fitness community now advocates these buzz words: portion control, nutritional knowledge, balanced diet and moderation.
Carbs and fat are essential for nutrition and energy. In fact, healthy fats such as omega-3 are vital to your fitness regime.
To get a six-pack, do more ab exercises This one is not bad fitness advice, but a poor understanding of the truth.
The truth is your six-pack muscles will be harder and stronger but unless your body fat percentage is at a sub 15%, they will never show.
Lifting weights makes you bulky What is perceived as ‘bulky’ are the hyper-muscular physiques of bodybuilders and extreme exercise maniacs – many of whom are in it for publicity – who are also probably on muscleenhancing supplements, quite possibly steroids too.
Lifting weights will make your muscles stronger and toned, which is what gives your body definition.
The more muscle you have, the better you move and the better your metabolism will be.
Let’s be fit!
Jonathan Tan is club manager of the Sports Toto Fitness Centre at Berjaya Times Square. He can be contacted at lifestyle.jonathan@ thesundaily.com.