Health and Fitness Fairytales

In today’s day and age where information seems to be everywhere all the time, I have found so many “health tips” that really and truely are not tips at all.  In fact a lot of them are downright evil!  I want to talk about a few of them now.

Targeting Fat Loss

Sorry everyone, it cannot be done.  Your body is your body and it will burn fat where it wants and when it wants and you have no control over it.  You cannot, I repeat, you cannot target fat loss.  What you can do is create a great mix of strenght and cardiovascular exercise combined with a healthy nutritious food plan and slowly the fat will go away.

Strength training for women will guarantee that woman to bulk up

Quite the oposite in fact.  Most women who incorporate strength training into their plans will actually lose inches and become more toned.  The reason is that testosterone is absolutely necessary to bulk up and women simply do not have enough on their own to do that. 

You need to exercise hard all the time and everyday

This one is just flat out dangerous.  No one should be exercises that hard and that frequently.  It has been proven that even moderate activity can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.  So what if you don’t have 30 or 40 minutes per day to work out.  Break it up.  I do it all the time.  Take 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at lunch and 10 minutes before bed.  It all adds up.

Crunches and other ab exercises will flatten your tummy

You want a 6 pack?  Great, go run or go swimming!  Aerobic exercise is the best way to burn calories and fat.  Use your strength training to increase your metabolism and eat healthy.  Here comes your 6 pack. 

You will burn more calories if you exercise longer at a lower intensity

You burn more calories per minute with a higher level of intensity.  More calories burned = more weight lost.

 

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