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September 15, 2019: Fitness Myths

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What do we want? To get in shape! When do we want it? Now! Unfortunately, getting in shape is not an overnight possibility. A multi-billion dollar industry, the fitness world is full of people who are promising the world and offering solutions to problems that just, flat out, don’t work (or even make sense in some instances). This week, we’re going to talk about busting some common fitness myths.

Here are five common fitness myths:

Myth 1: You can target areas on your body for fat loss. While it would seem likely that if you spend all of your energy lifting weights, doing tricep dips, and push-ups that your arms would be perfect, it just doesn’t work that way. You can do all of those exercises and it may be that your body burns fat in your stomach area. We can’t control where our bodies burn fat from. The good news is that no matter what type of strength training exercise you do, it will burn fat throughout your body and help you feel better overall. Those muscles you’ve worked so hard are are waiting under the excess fat. Be patient.

Myth 2: There are diet pills that can help you get in shape without any exercise. As much as I would love for this to be true, there just isn’t any pill that has been developed to date that can actually do this. The only sure-fire way to get in shape is through a balanced exercise and nutrition program.

Myth 3: The only way to lose fat is to cut out the carbs. Um, well, if you are talking about “bad” carbs such as chips, breads and processed foods, then okay, I will go with you there. But, the truth is, you need to eat “good” carbs in order to lose weight and gain muscle. Some examples would be steel cut oats, brown rice, and whole grains. No entire nutrient or food group is the enemy.

Myth 4: The more time you spend in the gym, the better results you’ll have. This is in the grey area. The truth is, it depends on what you’re doing in there. If you’re doing a combination of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) exercises, you can get much more done in a shorter amount of time and still manage to burn calories after you leave the gym. It’s more about going in with a plan than how long you spend at the gym.

Myth 5: The sweatier you are after a workout, the more calories you’ve burned. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. Think about it - if the gym is hotter than normal, you’ll start sweating before you even move a muscle. Or, if it’s really humid outside, that can cause an abnormal sweat pattern. Someone who is new to exercising may sweat more than others as their body gets used to the movements. Or, you just might be the sweaty type. Judge by actions, not moisture!

Getting in shape is not an easy feat, and the sheer volume of incorrect information out there makes it even more difficult! Speak with a trained health and fitness professional (hi!) to ensure you’re doing the right exercises and eating the right foods to help you reach your goals.

Next Sunday, we’ll talk about some more health misconceptions - this time around calorie counting.

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I hope you have a wonderful week,


Kelly Morgan, Ph.D.

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