There are those who call it gossip from the gym, but then someone ends up believing in it and adopting attitudes or habits that can become harmful to health, so it is better to face the 10 fitness myths to dispel and always turn to specialists when in doubt or when it becomes necessary to carry out targeted training programs, in potentially delicate situations.
Let's start with the classic myths, with those things that we hear so often that we end up thinking that they are just true, without even asking ourselves how and why. we would have to wonder why we bite so easily to certain gym legends, perhaps it is the great desire to have an easy easy solution to stay fit, but that's not always the case. They play on our hypothetical desire to be "perfect", an impossible goal, while we should take care of our physical shape, even aesthetically, but with an eye always on health, lights on health.
10 fitness myths to dispel:
Let's start with the most banal rumors that perhaps will make you smile and, if it happens, better this way, it means that you have never been a victim. In moments of insecurity, however, it can happen to bite, so it is better to clear away any doubts by saying loudly that ...
- It is not at all true that weigh more it means being fatter (and vice versa). A number, the number of kilos, cannot represent us and cannot be taken as the only parameter to define our physical shape. Think of the old riddle: "Does a kilo of feathers or a kilo of iron weigh more?". The same thing goes for people's weight. For the same pounds, there are people who have more or less muscle and fat and certainly not the same shape or, if we really want to say it, the same volume. Just like feathers and iron. a kilo of iron takes up less space than a kilo of feathers, a kilo of muscle takes up less space than a kilo of fat. Becoming healthier and drier does not necessarily mean losing pounds but increasing muscle mass at the expense of fat, as long as it is healthy to do so.
- Weightlifting makes the muscularly bulky women.
A nice generalization that keeps women away from weight lifting for no reason. In fact, this practice leads to a desired muscle definition, it is a resistance training that mainly results in toning, also because women do not have the testosterone levels to build trophic and swollen muscles. The pyramid training is quite another thing, very intense and with specific characteristics, with progressive overloads until exhaustion.
- When we stop weights, i muscles become fat
The terror of many who begin to believe that it is really so, experiencing a possible transformation with anguish. Muscle and fat are two different types of tissue, and one stop of activity can't do magic. What happens is different. By not exercising any more muscle mass is lost and the metabolism slows down, if we are not able to find our new balance of nutrition and physical activity, we can gain weight, but we can also manage the change and stay perfectly fit.
- When you train you can to eat of everything without ever gaining weight.
Speaking of nutrition, here is a good trick that can lead many to gain weight for no reason. Training certainly makes us burn a lot of calories but if we ingest a lot of them, and we don't burn as many, we will gain weight anyway. The gym does not exempt us from the rules of a normal human metabolism.
- Better to run on Tapis Roulant than outdoors.
Unless you have a very high quality, latest generation, super cushioned treadmill, this does not happen and running outdoors with quality shoes gives the same result. Not to mention the benefit of being outdoors, breathing, enjoying the air and maybe even the landscape.
- The ideal for burning fat is the aerobic work moderate
The ideal is not, it is not this but a progressive work. Before doing intense exercises, with the desire to burn a lot of fat, it is necessary to take a run, in a sense. It progresses to build aerobic endurance before reaching high intensity levels. Walk before running.
- No sweat, no results
Each is made in its own way, even in sweating, and not necessarily the amount of sweat produced gives us indications on the effort made. Better to consider other parameters such as heart rate, because sweat does not always have to do with our physical activity, it is more simply a way of regulating body temperature.
- It can lose weight specifically in specific parts of the body
A weight loss on demand, in the area we don't love about us? No, it is not possible, the body has its own laws and logics and we cannot go and show it how to transform itself. We just have to wisely combine physical activity and healthy nutrition
Fat reduction - in the abdominal section or elsewhere - will happen with a combination.
- Better to train with machines than with free weights.
Today the machines have many adjustments to try to adapt to the many types of body that exist, we can adjust the seat and choose the desired setting, but they are still an approximation. They don't fit us perfectly and are therefore not necessarily better than free weights.
- If we do stretching first, we have better performance.
It is a personal evaluation that everyone must make. This is why it is very important to know each other and to know what is good for us. It is usually recommended above all to stretch after training, when the muscles and connective tissue are warmed up and more receptive to stretching, making slow movements and holding in traction for 10 to 15 seconds.