6 fitness myths you believed...until now
When it comes to being healthy and staying in shape, there is *so* much information out there—and it can be hard to decipher what's fact and what's fiction. To help you live your best (and fittest) life, we've busted 6 of the most common myths about working out and eating right below.
Myth 1: Omg! I'm sweating *so* much—I must have gotten a great workout.
Well…not exactly. Sweating is just your body’s way of regulating your body’s temperature and really says nothing about how effective your workout was.
Myth 2: I need to be in the gym all the time to see the most results.
Actually, it’s important to give your body time to recover from the gym so that you don’t injure yourself. And if you don't take rest days, you'll probably burn out fast.
Myth 3: Cutting out carbs is super healthy.
Carbs are your body's primary source of fuel so are 100 percent necessary to function at your best.
Myth 4: The best way to get fit is by running. The longer, the better.
Running (or any cardio) is awesome for getting in shape or toning up, but varying your workouts is equally important because your bod will get used to the same thing over and over.
Myth 5: Lifting weights will make me bulky.
Uh, no. Women have different hormones and body chemistry than men so we react much differently to weightlifting. And occasionally doing those bicep curls or squats is a great way to build muscles and bone strength.
Myth 6: More sit-ups = more abs.
Spot toning (aka targeting specific areas of your bod) is surprisingly very rarely effective. Your body's shape, and how well you tone up, is largely based on your genetic makeup.
Could you relate to any of these fitness myths? Let us know in the comments below!
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