Fitness myths debunked – Part 1

Low-carb diet doesn't work? No time to exercise?

Let's start by debunking some fitness myths for you...

Myth #1 You will lose weight/fat on a low-carb diet

Low-carb diets are only effective (and safe) for people with a sedentary lifestyle. If you are looking at incorporating training routines such as cardio, strength and endurance training, carbs are essential to give you the energy to perform and recover.

Myth #2 It’s all about counting calories

Fixating on numbers and misunderstanding them can be damaging when you try to lose weight.  We should concentrate on the quality of food rather than the just blindly looking at the calories.  For instance,

“300 calories of raw almonds is more beneficial to weight loss than a 100-calorie silly snack full of processed and mystery ingredients” – Cody Rigsby

Myth #3 Find one perfect kind of exercise that works and stick with it

You are more likely to injure yourself when you concentrate on and stress the same muscles and joints doing one kind of exercise.  To get optimal result, whether it be increasing general fitness or indeed seeking to perfect in the sport of one’s choice, you will need strength, cardio and mobility training.

Myth #4 A real fitness routine will require a lot of time, sacrifice and commitment

Most common excuse people come up with for not exercising is “I don’t have time to exercise”. Such excuses are often underpinned by the belief that exercise takes focus and energy away from their other life goals.

On the contrary, exercise actually adds focus and energy to everything else in your life that matters to you if you know how to train smartly.

It is important to schedule in training times every week and stick to them.  Ask yourself, if you had a doctor’s or physio’s appointment booked in, would you miss it because you “cannot get out of work”?  Why would you then skip training sessions when it is inconvenient?  This is due to a lack of understanding as to the importance of regular training as it is not remedial (not a fix to an immediate health problem).  Isn’t it better to keep your body and mind healthy so you reduce the risk of getting health problems in the first place?

Stay tuned for Part 2 ...