Fitness myths debunked – Part 2

Not seeing results from your training? 

Wondering why you are not seeing benefits from training for longer? 

Find out why with Part 2 of our series on debunking fitness myths...

Myth #5 Progressively longer time spent on training equals greater results

As with everything (almost everything) in life, moderation is key. Rest is absolutely critical in achieving your health and fitness goals.  Training, especially weight training, is all about breaking down muscles whilst recovery is all about building them back up better and stronger.  Excessive training will not only cause injuries and set your training back but can also cause losses in strength and fitness.

Long periods of continuous, low-intensity cardio training can actually be counterproductive. On the contrary, short bursts of high-intensity exercises (also known as high-intensity interval training or HIIT) have been shown to burn fat, and lots of it. Thirty minutes of HIIT is much more efficient and effective than an hour of steady state cardio. 

Myth #6 We need to “see” results

While getting fit and losing weight are important and great motivators, we should not neglect the other by products of training….mood and energy changes. Very often, you will “feel” the benefits before seeing results.  Having a healthy lifestyle helps you in every aspect of your life – it helps you sleep better, boosts our energy throughout the day and makes you happier.

Myth #7 All you need is willpower and motivation to stay on track

To make sustainable change, you will need to put in place an infrastructure for success, such as establishing healthy training and eating habits, social support and compassion to yourself.  

Myth #8 You can eat whatever you want if you work hard enough

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Training must be combined with correct nutritional support to achieve any fitness or health goal.

“Working out is 30% [of losing weight] while eating better is 70%” – Alonzo Wilson
 

Hope you've enjoyed reading this. Here's the link to Part 1 in case you missed it: click here.