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Continuing on our knowledge journey of all things fitness, I know there are a lot of questions surrounding female fitness myths. While these tips are geared more towards the ladies and their fitness inquiries, anyone and everyone can take from this episode and really kick their results into high gear.
So without further adieu, let’s dive into episode three!
EPISODE 3: Fitness Myths: Fact or Fiction
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Let’s dive in…..
Myth #1: Training makes you bulky and masculine
Women do not, and cannot, naturally produce as much testosterone as males do.
Testosterone is one of the main hormones responsible for increasing muscle size.
Over time, regular resistance training can actually help you look leaner and slimmer as you will burn fat and calories more efficiently.
Myth #2: Cardio burns more calories than weight training
If you work out at a higher intensity, you’ll burn more calories overall….yes even more than cardio!…and that’s always better.
Squats are the best exercise for burning the most calories at once….and the best for locking in those booty gains!!
Myth #3: Exercise increases your chest size
Sorry girls. Women’s breasts are composed mostly of fatty tissue. Therefore, it is impossible to increase breast size through weight training.
If you go below 12% body fat, your breast size will actually DECREASE. Weight training increases the size of the back, so this misconception probably comes from confusing an increase in back size with an increase in cup size.
The only way to increase your breast size is by gaining fat or getting breast implants!
Myth #4: Weight Training makes you stiff and inflexible.
If you perform all exercises through their full range of motion, flexibility will actually increase!
By performing theses exercises correctly, your stretching capabilities will increase with weight:
- Stiff legged dead lifts
- Dumbbell presses
- Chin ups
Adding a stretching regimen or mind/body exercise such as Yoga or Pilates in conjunction with weight lifting, can truly increase your flexibility.
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Myth #5: If you stop weight training, your muscles turn into fat
This is like saying that gold can turn into brass. NOT GUNNA HAPPEN!
Muscle and fat are two totally different types of tissue and one cannot turn into the other. What happens many times is that when people decide to go off their weight training programs, they start seeing their muscle tissue shrink due to inactivity (use it or lose it) and at this point, we also usually drop the diet as well. If you lose motivation because of this and pick bad eating habits up again, the fat you do still have just becomes more noticeable.
Myth #6: As long as you exercise you can eat anything you want.
How I wish this were true!!
UNFORTUNATELY, If we eat more calories than we burn on a consistent basis, our bodies will accumulate these extra calories as fat – regardless of the amount of exercise that we do! – Lean muscle mass increases though, and increases how many calories we burn at rest—so hit the weights!
Myth #7: If you want flat abs, you must do a million and 1 crunches
The truth? What if I told you you can have flat abs and never do a sit-up or crunch again! The “sit-ups-equals-flat-abs” idea is based on the myth that you can spot reduce. You can’t.
To lose a flabby midsection, you need to drop excess weight all over your body—not just from your stomach.
Abs are made in the kitchen!
Check out our older episodes with Jay Author on great food tips for building muscle and lowering fat.
Myth #8: Exercise during pregnancy is safe
For most pregnant women, exercise is not only safe, it’s recommended.
Exercise can actually reduce unpleasant pregnancy symptoms (think backaches, constipation, bloating, and swelling), lower your risk for gestational diabetes, and improve sleep. Walking, swimming, aerobics, and running—especially if you were a runner before becoming pregnant—are generally all good activities during pregnancy.
Scuba diving, contact sports, and exercise that raises your risk of falling are not recommended. (Just say no to that skiing lesson.) Of course, talk to your doctor before doing any physical activity to find out what’s safe for you.
Myth #9: I Should Grab a Glass of Ice Water to Re hydrate Post-Workout
Go ahead and reach for that glass of H20, but make it room temperature instead. “The body is able to absorb it better because the blood vessels remain wide open and do not clamp down in response to the cold.
If you’ve done an hour-long (or longer) high-intensity workout, opt for a sports drink like Gatorade or a glass of chocolate milk to replenish electrolytes and essential nutrients you expended during the workout.
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