Fitness myths can hamper the best of us from going ahead and achieving the best. Fitness myths like the achievement of a promethean size zero figure can be quite misleading and can also limit you from exploring your potential. Most of these fitness myths are actually quite wrong in that they point out several flaws in our society’s idea of beauty standards. People should pursue fitness routines for their health not to worry about their impact on their peers. Sure, it is a great motivator but fitness myths can hold you back in the long run and it is important to keep one fit for more useful reasons rather than worry about fads that will be imposed on us.
There are a lot of fitness myths out there. Some of the common ones popularized in cinema and by people include:
- The myth of size zero which is practically impossible given how human bodies are. A lot of people think size zero is a state to be achieved at any cost including pursuing anorexia and other self-destructive behaviors. Fitness should not be hampered by these superficial reasons which are detrimental to our body from reaching its pinnacle of fitness.
- The myth of the eight pack- A lot of men unnecessarily set themselves up for disappointment by hoping to build an eight pack which never appears mainly because again like the size zero it is like an illusion which also pressurizes us into pursuing unrealistic goals which would be better served if we could focus on improving our bodies instead of unnecessarily following these baseless goals.
- Several fitness myths are going to be debunked in the blogposts in this section of this series. Some of the myths might be some ideas that you have held dear for a long time. These myths are persistent and require a re-evaluation in the light of the new and improved science of human fitness goals and exercises that have been coming out in the world. We mainly focus on 6 fitness myths and reveal why they are not of any use in the modern world who is pursuing their fitness goals. Crunches are the key to flat abs is one of those myths that has persisted through the years with many people following hours and hours of abdominal crunch routines hoping to get fit in the hopes of getting a toned body although it is a false myth that has had its feet firmly implanted over the years.
- The more you sweat, the more you burn is another one of those myths that is very false and has no basis in reality. Some people sweat more than others during an exercise session and the amount of sweat has no influence on reality . It is another one of those unnecessary and useless myths that hold people back when they enter the gymnasium for their exercise routines. The best of the exercise practitioners fall prey to this illusion and end up sweating for hours in the gym.
- The next myth that gets debunked is the fact that running is the key to your knees. Running is a wonderful exercise in terms of how it gets people pumped up and helps in blood circulation but ultimately its inclusion in the myth that it helps your knees is false and needs to be debunked as it has persisted for quite some time and has led to a lot of health and fitness practitioners to give up on their fitness goals and it is of no use for any of the people who plan to learn to be better athletes.
- A study carried out by Stanford University found out that the knees of the people who do not run and those who do do not have much difference. The best way to debunk this myth is just to focus on the diet and routines that you are following up instead of getting waylaid by all these fads. Scientific studies have strongly backed the fact that running ultimately does not add much value to the body and its time this myth got laid to rest for good.
- Stretching helps your body recover faster from injuries is another myth that needs to be buried. Stretching does little in terms of helping your body become strong. It is mainly a warm up exercise and it is unlikely to add value in terms of helping your body recover from injuries quickly. Stretching does not add much in the way of that and this is another one of those myths that has persisted over the years and needs to be debunked as it has ruined many a practitioner’s experience over the years. The ideal way is to treat stretching as a functional component of your routine and not much more than that.
- Fixed timings like a 45 minute sweat window to get benefits is another part of the folklore and does not have any viable benefits to people as it is of no use to people to follow this myth and it needs to be buried. Sweating does not help as it is just a byproduct of the exercise routine and it does not add value in terms of the fitness goals you might be having so it is better to lay this one to rest as well and focus on the exercises we have planned for ourselves.
- More gym is better is another one of those myths that need to be laid to rest as it has no use in the fitness and exercise routines of professionals or athletes. More gym time does not necessarily mean that it is good for health. A lot of times too much gym can be detrimental and does not help in adding value. It is better to lay this to rest. The ideal would be to gym for an hour or in some cases 2 hours but spend the rest of the time doing other physical activities as it does not add value simply by slogging in the gym
- The last myth this blogpost debunks is the one that has been persisted the longest among the fitness myths generally which is that the less you sleep the more weight you lose. Celebrity trainer Ashley Borden claims that this myth has led to insomnia and countless sleeping nights for people so it is a good idea to dump this myth as well. Sleep does not have any effect on how much weight you gain or lose. It has no impact on the body and should not be taken seriously.
Logon to the BFY SportsnFitness website (http://www.bfysportsnfitness.com ) to read up more on the different myths that should be debunked before embarking on your journey. These myths only serve to stop you from achieving your best and its ideal to debunk them rather than follow them as they can be useless and is also detrimental to your goals. In the next blogpost in this series we explore the idea of exercise as being functional and how its easy to master these modules one by one and this approach can in fact be useful in a variety of training plans and is the best approach.