Guys, fitness isn’t all it is cracked up to be. There are so many incorrect perceptions of being healthy which honestly hurts my heart. Whether it’s through social media or through word of mouth, rumours and gossip spreads. Lying in relationships and friendships is obviously uncalled for, everybody wants to know where they stand and who exactly they are surrounded by. If we expect people to fall in love with each other through honesty and trust, how do we expect people to fall in love with themselves and fitness if all we know is deception and myths?
Being aware of these myths and how you need to not worry about them will give you that extra step ahead when approaching your own fitness journey. Knowing exactly the why’s and how’s of each healthy action contributes to a more well rounded and informed lifestyle. Let me tell you everything that you should not be believing!
- You can’t target one area in which you want to lose fat – you need to lose overall body fat and then tone up that specific area. For example, you can’t lose fat in just your core.
- Doing weights will not make females bulky – the testosterone levels in a female body are way too low to even allow us to look only vaguely bulky so get lifting those weights, girl!
- Solely eating healthily won’t help you achieve your desired results – you need to make sure that you’re eating the right foods AND the right amount of food. For example, when trying to lose weight, your body needs to be in a calorie deficit, which may not occur if you’re eating egg after avocado after egg after avocado (if you get my gist!)
- Your BMI is a figure you should never ever listen to! – It does not take into account your muscle mass, or bone density or anything.
- You do not have to consume protein almost instantly after your workout in order to gain muscle – as long as you have enough protein in your daily calorie intake, it does not matter what time of day you have it at.
- You do not need to workout every single day to see results – rest should be a part of your workout, not an alternative to exercise.
- You do not have to only workout in the morning in order to see results – picking a time that you can stick to and enjoy on a consistent basis is the true secret to being healthy.
- You should not be following the ‘no pain, no gain’ motto in regards to exercise – yes, you may feel a little uncomfortable but you should never ever be in pain. You should always feel good after a workout, that’s how you know it was an effective one.
- Calories eaten at night are not more fattening than calories eaten during the day – calories are calories, it does not have any effect on the composition of our bodies. However, it may affect our sleep and/digestion as we try to catch some zzz’s.
- This last one, as much as I hate to admit it, is a sore topic for me, but don’t trust the calories lost counters on gym equipment – they are not entirely accurate, they don’t know how much effort you’re putting in or whether you have the proper form.
I hope your eyes have been opened to all the things you may have believed before. I know I was a common believer of working out when in pain, and often got to the stage of my body being physically sick. I believed that this was a true sign I was trying my hardest but alas, your hardest is not always the healthiest.
Big change is made up of small, healthy habits that add up over time.
Stay beautiful, stay smiling,