7 myths about fitness that you should leave behind

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There are many myths around the fitness world, that are necessary to discard before starting to exercise

7 myths about fitness that you should leave behind

It has happened to many of us that we decided to start an exercise routine but we do not know where to start and how to do it correctly. However, there are many myths around the fitness world that need to be discarded in order to become aware of the changes we must make:

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1. The more meals a day, the faster the metabolism: FALSE. To think that there is a magic number of daily meals is completely wrong because each body works differently. While some people may need more meals during the day to stay satiated and avoid anxiety, others may find their balance with only three meals.

2. Sweating more means more weight loss: FALSE. According to the journal Salud 108, thinking that using a thermal strip while performing a physical activity is related to greater weight loss is not true, because what is eliminated through sweating is water and electrolytes, which you will recover once eat or drink.

3. Only some abs are enough to lose fat in any area: FALSE. According to a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, which measured the relationship between abdominal fat loss and abdominal exercises, there is no significant reduction with this technique. As is well known, to lose fat from a specific place, you need to lose body fat in general, with workouts that combine cardiovascular and strength exercises.

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4. No pain no gain: FALSE. Pain does not usually say anything about the effectiveness of training, because this depends on the muscle adaptation that is faced with exercise and lactic acid tolerance.

5. Exercising when getting old will not be useful: FALSE. Although it is preferable to start a routine from a young age, it is never too late to acquire healthy lifestyle habits. In fact, it has been proven that exercise helps reduce aging and prevent fractures or injuries.

6. Carbohydrates make us get fat, so it is necessary to eliminate them from our diets: FALSE. According to El Nuevo Diario, what fattens are the total calories we consume during the day, which include carbohydrates, fats, and alcoholic beverages.

7. Coffee improves performance: FALSE. Although caffeine stimulates, in large quantities, it decreases reflexes and can cause headaches and difficulty sleeping.


LatinAmerican Post | Luisa Fernanda Báez

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