Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Debunking some exercise myths

1. Myth: Doing cardio is the best way to burn fat.

Verdict: FALSE!

Doing too much cardio will in fact strip the body of its muscle. Losing muscle mass causes your body to become less efficient at burning fat. The more muscle you have the higher your metabolism will be and the more calories you will burn. A cardio workout will burn calories in the now ( the time frame you workout ) whereas Resistance training will burn calories not only in the now but also throughout the whole day. Unless you want to take away your body's best fat burning machine, I suggest doing resistance training.

2. Myth: Women will get muscles as big as a guy if she lifts weights.

Verdict: FALSE

This myth is why most women don't want to touch dumbbells in a gym. But this myth is so wrong. Women only have about 1/3 the testosterone men have, making it difficult to for them to gain muscular size. Unless a woman takes anabolic steroids the chances of her getting really big are slim to none. Doing weight training will help develop lean, strong, tight muscles and therefore should be a part of a women's routine. Muscle is not bulky, but compact.

3. Myth: You can "spot reduce" areas of your body when working out.

Verdict: FALSE

Although this is a popular belief, it has no truth what so ever. Body fat is stored throughout the body as a whole. By doing certain exercises your body will not pick out which area of fat it wants to burn. The real way to lose fat is to increase the calories you burn by doing both resistance and aerobic training and to decrease your calorie intake.

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