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The Top 6 Fitness Myths and Truths

Don't Believe These Tall Tales!

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  • I found the article to be motivating. The difficulty is I live alone with no neighbours or anyone to talk to about my cravings due to boredoom after my accident and to exercise with. I power walk my dogs daily but would like to involved with others that can motivate me.
  • I am confused re myth 5 statement - what are "fat calories" - I want to burn fat and get fit - there is so much conflicting advice. My workouts normally 5 times a week are cardio based - just moved onto running no that I've lost 46lbs - do some weights but only as an afterthought - should I be doing weights sessions.

    When I was young and played Rugby we weight trained everyday but I was also told this was for strength not fitness.



  • KATEFR09
    I'd like to give an opinion on the myth about women and bulking up. I recently started doing a lot of toning work, and have noticed my limbs in particular appearing similar, however, i am noticing myself start to "bulk up" as soon as i tense. i think when we say "bulk up" we mean "appear muscular" or have noticeable muscles. i find myself too bulked up now, but im clearly nowhere close to the incredible hulk or a bodybuilder. That myth is true, or false, depending on your definition of bulk up. I notice one or two of the women on here who said they arent bulked up, are what i would call bulked up, but also clearly arent of bodybuilder proportions.

    To be honest, the term just needs clarifying

    good luck and stay strong everyone
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  • CATHEITE
    "Bulking" is a relative term. I know plenty of women who understand that lifting weights will not give them large Incredible Hulk-type muscles, but will still add some size, which they do not want. Their concerns are valid and shouldn't be pooh-poo'd.
  • Back to myth #5, there have been some recent research studies to indicate that pure cardio training, particularly when you maintain the same program, even 60 minutes of cardio 5x/week does not equal more weight loss. The research supports interval training, at it specifically demonstrated that the study group who did the interval training actually burned LESS calories per session, but demonstrated a greater loss in body fat (by 9%!). So, Strings58 is on the right track to keep your workouts varied and include intervals of cardio and strength training at a moderate (able to talk, and not short of breath) intensity.
  • I have to admit the first Myth is a bit of a bugaboo with me. If the whole point of proving the myth is wrong is the amount of fat in a location then the answer is totally true except when the reducing is done by liposuction.
    But this is where my life experience and common beliefs separate from this simple idea that the idea is to lose fat in just a particular area. Think of the "swimmers body" lean smooth not particularly "lumpy" in areas that the "body builder" would be. Or the "skater legs" this is something that ice skater I have known that developed large strong muscled thighs from all the work they do pushing off. I am by nature more muscled and fat is stored in my butt and thighs. I have had more luck with doing yoga and swimming to develop long muscles while I am attempting to loose the extra fat in those areas. If I did lots of lunges (I did train as a dancer) and other exercises that would work the troubled area I would end up with less fat and more muscle bulge in the area I would prefer to have more streamline. So it comes down to understanding our own bodies and doing what is best for us.
  • JANILYN53
    If you're not burning "fat calories" you are burning muscle and nobody wants to do that! So total weight loss less is not as important as fat loss. A person can lose ten pounds of fat and gain seven pounds of muscle and so the scale only shows a three pound loss, which is not an accurate picture of what's going on. Fat calipers help to track percentage of fat lost.
  • it's a slow twitch/fast twitch muscle fiber thing where using both (fast twitch helps with strong burst of power, slow twitch are the endurance muscle fibers) helps burn calories. the fast twitch helps burn more calories but the slow twitch encourages the fat burn after a significant time threshold (which shortens with increased fitness. So, keeping the workouts varied even by length of time helps
  • I kind of want to say more about that length vs intensity thing, too.
    I think there are two key issues- that for some very healthy young, fit people, they need to up the intensity to burn more calories, because they don't have TIME. If you have time, you can do longer durations that are less hard on your body, and burn just as many calories. So... yes/no. The key is burning calories to lose weight- however, for more cardio effectiveness, you need to get the rate up... but, hey, if you are on the verge of collapse, not so good! The answer seemed- incomplete to me.
    Mare
  • I'd say the trainer at your doctor's office is wrong and right. Depending on your weight and your fitness level, it might be a better idea to START doing lighter activity for longer amounts of time. It's better to ease your way into exercise. As your fitness level increases, adding more streneuous exercise done for less amounts of time is for effective if you're trying to lose weight. It's all about how many calories you burn overall, not the amount of fat. That's where that trainer is wrong.
  • Okay, I found Myth #5 confusing. Jen says you burn more by working harder or faster and not by doing the activity longer, whereas my doctor's office has a trainer telling me the opposite -- that I'm better off using my recumbent bike for a longer period of time at a lower tension level than at a level a bit more strenuous for a shorter amount of time, and that I need to focus on fat burning and not just the amount of calories. Soooo, which is it??? It's difficult enough for someone as out of shape as me to get exercise, but then to hear conflicting "truths" about which I should be doing to get the best results just makes it harder.

  • GREAT ARTICAL! TRYING TO FOCUS MAINLY ON MY ABS SO THIS INFO REALLY HELPS ME OUT.
  • IFFILAYO
    This article is helpful, but the format in which it's written, is not. She presents the myths and then puts her answers to them under 'TRUTH'. She should have put them under 'THE REAL TRUTH' or something similar. Her format is initially misleading. I kept thinking she was saying the myths were TRUE :o)
  • I read this article a while ago and it was worth re-reading it again today to help keep me motivated. Good information.
  • I agree with this article. A good work out for me is sweating yet being able to maintain a small convo. I really though just doing ab exercises would help lose weight, but I was wrong.

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