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Exercise Myths

As long as I go to the gym for 45 minutes, that gives me a pass to do what I want for rest of the day.

-> Wrong! The gym doesn't negate a bad diet, at all! And chances are your portions are larger than you think. Also, emerging research suggests that if you're sedentary most of the day, it may not matter how hard or how often you exercise. So please, get up and moving often if you have a desk job!

No pain, no gain.

-> The ongoing perception is that people need to feel pain throughout their entire workout or they're not getting the benefit... that is just crazy! Feeling discomfort during a workout is okay, but, if it's so intense you think you may pass out or you are in pain, then it's too difficult and you're at increased risk for injuries or even burnout. You want to exercise smarter, not harder.

Women shouldn't lift weights because it'll make them bulky.

-> You really have to overload those muscles to create big bulk... it's very, very difficult. Women have too much estrogen to build large amounts of bulk. Guys build muscle faster because they have testosterone. So ladies, don't fear the weights! Strength training helps decrease body fat, increase lean muscle mass and burn calories more efficiently.

Xoxo, MK

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