Are you giving it your all in the gym and not seeing results? Believing in some popular fitness myths may be your problem. Whether you’re having trouble shedding pounds, improving your cardiovascular stamina, or adding muscle, we’re here to help. With these myths busted, you can make the most of your time in the gym and start seeing the results you want.
Myth 1: Crunches make flat stomachs
Working out your abs with crunches is great, but the movement alone won’t give you a six pack. Those layers of muscles sit under the fat on your stomach. In order to gain a flat stomach, you need to burn fat through cardio and weightlifting. What you eat also has a major impact on your body fat. If you’re striving for a healthy diet, check out the Svelte cookbook as a starting point.
Myth 2: If you’re sweating, you’re burning fat
When you sweat, you’re not necessarily burning fat. Sweating is a biological response to being warm. While you definitely sweat during a good workout, it doesn’t mean your body is shedding the pounds. If you want to focus on burning fat, try a balance of strength training and cardio workouts.
Myth 3: The more workout time the better
While getting into the gym and setting aside time to work out is crucial, it’s not everything. Make sure your body has time to rest and recover in between intense days at the gym. Check out our guide for when it’s appropriate, or even encouraged, to skip a workout.
Myth 4: If you’re not sore, you didn’t work hard enough
Being sore after a workout is the result of inflammation in your tissues. If you’re new to exercise or made a major shift if your fitness routine, soreness often signifies that you’ve worked muscles you don’t usually use. Athletes and people who regularly exercise don’t get sore as often because they’ve trained their bodies and muscles over time. Just because they’re not sore after a workout doesn’t mean it wasn’t a successful session.
Don’t measure your workout based on pain. It’s not healthy for your body and you could miss the warning signs of an imminent injury. Instead, focus on your fitness goals. Whether you’re training for an upcoming race, shedding some pounds, or toning your body, soreness doesn’t need to play a part.
Myth 5: Squats are bad for your knees
Squats and weightlifting are all about form. If you’re doing a squat correctly, your knees will be fine.
- Put your heels shoulder-width apart.
- Turn your feet out about 30 degrees.
- Push your knees to the side. They should line up over your feet without going past your toes.
- Bend your hips and knees at the same time. Hips go back and down while knees push out.
- Chest out and neutral back (but don’t round your spine).
Try using a mirror to help you learn the correct form. Every body is different, so feel free to modify exercises to your comfort level.
Now that we’ve busted these fitness myths, you’re ready to hit the gym again. Focus on your fitness goals, and make a plan for accomplishing them. Do you have other fitness myths to bust? Comment below or share with us on our Facebook page! And don’t forget to check out our tasty line of Svelte plant-based protein shakes for that after-workout body boost.