Myth No. 1: Don’t squat past a 90 degree angle.
If your knees are healthy, stopping at 90-degree point will place stress on the joint. Try going deeper into the squat. If you have a good range of movement and muscle flexibility, you’ll get more out of the move.
Myth No. 2: Cardio is the best way to lose fat.
Running on the treadmill will shed kilos but it’s not the smartest way to shift body fat. Instead try mixing cardio with resistance work and high-intensity interval training to improve body composition.
Myth No. 3: Crunches will give you a six-pack.
You won’t’ get a flat stomach or defined abdominals doing crunches or sit ups, as they only work one set of muscles. Doing planks, squats, lunges and chin-ups for a toned mid-section.
Myth No. 4: Lifting ‘heavy’ will make you bulky.
You won’t bulk up as women have testosterone levels that are about 15 to 20 times lower than those of men – hormonally speaking, we are just not likely to bulk up.
Myth No. 5: Muscle will not turn into fat.
These are two totally different types of tissue, so even if you slack off, that hard-earned muscle won’t turn into fat. However, if you lose muscle mass, you’ll burn fewer calories per day. If your calorie intake remains the same, the excess food energy that is not burned can be stored as fat.
Myth No. 6: The more you sweat, the more you burn.
Especially drenched after your regular afternoon run? That doesn’t mean you necessarily torched any more calories than usual. Sweat is a biological response that cools your skin and regulates internal body temperature. It’s just as apt to be the result of an overheated studio, the weather or your personal physiology as it is a grueling gym session.
Text: Bauer/ Good Health/ Additional Reporting: Shenielle Aloysis