Monday Encouragement: Learn The Truth About Fitness Myths

August 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm


August 6, 2012

Tip of the week: Learn the truth about fitness myths

It is essential that our patients understand the cold hard facts about training protocols including aerobic exercise, resistance training, flexibility, and nutrition. Many patients do not realize that it takes more than just lifting weights to own the ideal physique – one that is strong, low in body fat, and high in muscle mass.

If I want to lose weight and tone up, should I be doing more weights or more cardio?

Many believe that only doing cardiovascular exercise will help them lose weight; however this is far from the truth. The most efficient way to lose weight and tone up comes from a combination of resistance training / aerobic exercises and proper nutrition. To decrease fat mass you will need to increase the amount of aerobic exercise you are currently doing. To add lean muscle mass you will need to implement resistance training into your exercise prescription.

Can I strength train to get rid of my belly fat or tighten my arms?

Everyone is aware of  their “trouble spots.” Contrary to popular belief, spot reduction is a myth. This means that one cannot simply do crunches to get six pack abs. Fat is lost throughout the body in a pattern dependent on genetics, gender, hormones, and age. Overall body fat must be reduced through proper nutrition, appropriate exercise intensity and hormonal optimization. Although you cannot spot reduce, you can spot train meaning that you can strengthen a specific muscle group through aerobic activity and resistance training.

If I spend a little extra time in the gym, it does not matter what I eat, right?

Some people believe that an exercise program will somehow make up for the way that they eat. Making the right choices about what you put into your body will allow you to get the most out of your workouts. Remember, you can never out train improper nutrition.

Categories: Exercise, Monday Encouragement.

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