There is one lie for every two truths about fitness. Most of the time it is difficult to differentiate the truth from the myth. Knowing these fitness misconceptions will help you have a more efficient and powerful workout.
Myth: Spot Training
A common misconception about losing fat is spot training - focusing on losing fat from certain body parts. This is actually not something you can control. If you want to lose fat from a particular spot on your body, you need to lose overall body fat because fat cells are distributed across your entire body. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is great for losing fat because after an intense workout your body takes in oxygen at a higher rate, which burns more calories.
Myth: Intense Cardio
Doing too much cardio is NOT the best way to lose fat. Cardio workouts do help create a calorie deficit, but it is important to add in strength training. Having lean muscle mass assists your body to burn more calories while at rest. If you add strength training and cardio or HIIT together, you will have an efficient work out.
Try Strength Training
Strength training is one of the most effective ways to burn fat and build muscle. Lifting has been shown to stop sarcopenia, the reduction of skeletal muscle that occurs as the body ages.
Strength training could help to increase bone density, build a stronger heart, reduce your resting blood pressure, improve blood flow, halt muscle loss, help control blood sugar, improve cholesterol levels, and improve your balance and coordination. Strength training incorporates several different types of activities which could help kickstart your fitness progress and could prevent it from being boring.
Different types of activities include:
Yoga is a real workout. It is not a series of gentle stretches. There are tough yoga classes that leave you sweaty, tired, and sore. Although there are relaxing types of yoga, Bikram and power Vinyasa yoga are more intense and could give your body the better workout you’re looking for.
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