I wanted to share some myths about good ol fitness. There's a bunch that we all must get to the bottom of. I'm sure we all don't want to be confused with what's right or wrong, therefore the TRUTH must be told.
MYTH #1 DRINKING WATER CAN HELP YOU LOOSE WEIGHT
I know right, that's what I said. Who Knew!! So fortunately drinking water will not make you less hungry. It is true that there are no calories, but you're probably eating less because you're walking back and forth from the bathroom. Also, drinking 8 glasses a day is not true. You should only drink when your thirsty. It's to replace the water a healthy adult looses everyday which is about 4 to 6 ounces.
MYTH #2 STRETCHING BEFORE A WORKOUT
Not good. The reason why it's not good is because you're body is cold, tight, and not warmed up. Think of this, your body is like a frozen rubber band, when you pull, it will break. Our body is pretty much the same way. Our muscles are too cold to be holding a static stretch. Try doing some active stretching such as running in place, arm circles, and squats. Stretching after a workout is more beneficial since your body is already warm.
MYTH #3 LIFTING WEIGHT WILL MAKE YOU LOOK BULKY
This one is for the ladies. Men have 20 to 30 times more testosterones than women, which why it is more noticeable in men. For women, you would have to live in the gym and work out harder than the average female to look like the Hulk. Weight training will help decrease weight and body fat because your metabolism will increase and therefore burn more calories. So ladies and fellas, add some weights to your exercise program.
MYTH #4 A HOT BATH AFTER WORKOUT AHHHHHHH!!!!!
Although it does feel good, cold water is a sure bet after a hard work out. When exercising, blood vessels in your body increases in size and stays that way for about an hour after a workout. The soreness which comes from lactic acid settles in the dilated vessels. The cold water will help constrict the vessels which will limit the lactic acid in your blood vessels. So jump into a tub of ice next time.
MYTH #5 HOLDING WEIGHTS WHILE DOING CARDIO
Yes, you can burn calories while holding onto weights; however, it may not be safe. Holding onto weights can cause elbow and shoulder injuries from holding on and using excessive and uncontrollable movements. To burn more calories, bump up your speed or incline on the treadmill.
MYTH #6 TAKING AB CLASSES AND DOING CRUNCHES WILL GET RID OF THE BELLY
You can do 1000 crunches everyday and you still may not see your six pack. The key to attaining a six pack is your body fat. The lower your body fat the more laundry you can do on your six pack. Spot training will not help loose that belly fat. Try concentrating on your cardio, strength training, and diet.