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Busting Myths on Fitness

You are regular in the gym but not seeing results … yes that happens and often this happens because we fall prey to bad advices or myths. Believe me sometimes even the gym instructors play a great role in adding to these myths.

So let me debunk 5 of the biggest fitness myths :-

Myth 1: Doing more abs lead to flatter tummy!

Fact: You lose fat overall. While doing ab crunches are good but that will alone not result in flat tummy. Focus more on strengthening the core by doing varied exercises like planks, bridges etc. to tone your midsection.

Myth 2 : Sweating leads to weight loss!

If that would have been case then there is no need to go to gym or do workout, everyone can go out under the sweltering heat to melt away the fat 😊

Fact: On a serious note, sweat is a body’s reaction to cool regulate the internal temperature sweat has very little to play with losing weight.

Myth 3: Do cardio for weight loss!

Fact: Cardio is good but it should be combined with weight training or other forms of exercise to lose weight. Only cardio alone will not help you to reach the desired goal. Here I want to talk about HIIT ( High Intensity Interval Training). This is amazing for your body. An example of HIIT is walk and sprint , Jog and sprint for 30 secs and then take a rest for 30 secs and continue for 15 min. There are many Youtube videos on HIIT that can be done at home and is good for new moms as it doesn’t require investing a lot of time. 15 min or 30 min also does good to the body!

Myth 4: Women shouldn’t perform resistance training!

Fact: Lifting weights don’t make women bulky as believed. Infact women cannot bulky due to lack of testosterone (male hormone) responsible for building muscles. In fact by lifting weight is a key to lose fat . Not only that, it also adds the much-desired toned effect on the body. It has been found out that lifting weight has a positive impact on bone density that helps in decreasing chances of osteoporosis in later life (happens in menopausal women leading to brittle bones due to decline in Estrogen – the hormone)

Myth 5 : You're older? No more exercises!

Fact : This is true only if we refer to extremely demanding efforts (really heavy weights, fast running, jumping, etc.). There are lots of exercises adapted to different ages. Their purpose is to keep and improve health and also to improve physical shape. The development of movement parameters for older people refers especially to muscular and cardio-vascular resistance as well as mobility of the joints. Because the final purpose of training is not preparing for a competition, the exercises can be organized gradually according to their difficulty, eliminating the risk of accidents. Because it's based on perseverance, fitness can be adapted without problems for older people and even for people suffering from different affections specific to old age.

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