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Workout Myths!

Myth: The more exercise the better.
Fact: It is quality not quantity that counts. It isn’t how many sets you do of a particular exercise but the intensity at which you work that gets desired results. With weight training, for example, the more you focus on the muscles you are working by lifting the weights in a slow and controlled manner, the better the workout you’ll have and the quicker you’ll see a change in your body.

Myth: Weight training will bulk you up.
Fact: This is perhaps the most common myth women fall for and it couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, weight training is often the easiest and quickest way for women to look leaner, more sculpted and toned. You’d have to be taking steroids to achieve the bulked-up look most body builders have, so don’t be afraid of weights. We encourage you to incorporate strength training twice a week into your exercise program because it will help protect you from injury, tone your muscles, help prevent osteoporosis and burn excess body fat, even when you are resting.

Myth: You burn more fat when you exercise at a low intensity for a long amount of time.
Fact: The most efficient way to burn fat is to combine intense training in short spurts with a nutritious diet. For example, 20 minutes of cycling in intervals, where you continuously vary your speed, intensity and pace, burns more calories than a slow one-hour walk. And it keeps burning them when you stop because your metabolism stays elevated for a few hours after you exercise. As for the best kinds of workouts, the most efficient calorie and fat burner is weight training. Shorter but harder sessions between 20 minutes to one hour are much better for you than working out at a slower pace or intensity for a long time.

Myth: Weight training doesn’t give you a cardiovascular workout.
Fact: Strength training is actually an excellent way to work the heart and lungs. Next time you’re in Maverick, try doing a slow set of squats, lunges or press-ups and see how you can take your heart rate to new heights. Another easy way to get your heart rate racing is by doing press ups over your head with a body bar or light dumbbells. But, if you ever start to feel lightheaded when doing any of these exercises, stop at once and rest.

Myth: If you workout, you can eat whatever you want.
Fact: You are what you eat. Nothing can change that. If you try to make up for sloppy eating habits through exercising more or at a higher intensity, you’ll probably overstrain and be more likely to injure yourself. You’ll probably also feel frustrated because you won’t be seeing the desired results. The only way to maintain weight and be fit is by sticking to a healthy exercise program and eating nutritiously. You simply can’t do one or the other and expect to look and feel great. If you eat little and often (about four or five mini meals a day), include a balance of protein, fruit and vegetables and carbohydrates in your diet, and drink lots of water you’ll feel energized for your workouts and look and feel your best.

Myth: Sitting in the sauna helps you burn fat.
Fact: Saunas are great for one thing: releasing muscle tension. This is a great way to spend five minutes relaxing after a tough workout. However, sitting in the sauna depletes your body of water and, if these fluids are not replenished, can cause dehydration. It’s important to drink lots of water before and after you sit in the sauna, and while it might be an enjoyable experience it won’t help you burn fat!