Fitness isn’t just something we say to impress out friends, but fitness is something that everybody should do, because it will help you keep yourself in shape and stay healthy. But, because the fitness industry is so huge and so wildly commercial, many myths fitness myths have formed over the years that make those of us who are not fitness experts believe false information. It is time to bust the most popular fitness myths and set the record straight.
Crunches = flat stomach
Stomach is one of the most popular so called problem areas on a human body, because many want to get rid of the fat on their stomach and sport flat stomachs. And because of this there is a myth that doing crunches and only crunches will get you to flat stomach. But the truth is that only crunches won’t give you flat stomach or abs for that matter. Yes, a lot of crunches will strengthen your core muscles, but, since they don’t burn a lot of calories and they are in no way cardio exercises, they won’t help to get that flat tummy. For flat stomach to appear there needs to be fat loss and only then we can talk about abs. On top of that, since crunches only tone a small portion of abdominal muscles, actually exercises like planks and bridges will be better stomach toning workouts, and will get you to flat stomach if you combine them with cardio and a healthy diet.
Stretching = no muscle soreness or pain
Another myth that also is debunked is that stretching will make your body recover much quicker after a workout and if you stretch right after, then your muscles won’t be sore the next day. But a study done by University of Milan actually found that stretching doesn’t significantly change blood lactate levels, meaning that your muscles won’t become less some after a workout if you stretch. Some might argue that this statement is not true, because it feels good to stretch after a workout. And it probably feels so good, because, by stretching your muscles after a workout when they are warm, you increase their flexibility and therefore your range of motion and overall will feel better.
Sweating = working hard enough, burning a lot of calories
And then there is the myth of if you are sweating a lot and drenched after a workout, then you have worked out hard enough to burn a ton of calories. But the truth is that more sweating doesn’t equal more calories burned, since sweating has nothing to to with calorie burn. Sweating is the way your body regulates its temperature and therefore the way your body gets rid of heat. So you might sweat a ton if you are working out when it is hot outside and might not sweat only a little or not at all when you are doing a light weather in a cold room. So don’t count on sweating being a great indicator for calorie burn. The intensity of your workout is a much better sign of calorie burn.