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Bust the exercise myths, says LadyXSize

BUST A GROOVE: LadyXsize recommends teaming regular exercise with a healthy diet for the best possible results when changing your lifestyle – and says that myths can hinder your routine

THERE ARE so many workout myths these days it’s no wonder that people are confused. So here are some of the most common misconceptions. Some may surprise you!!

Myth: The best time to work out is first thing in the morning.

The optimum time to workout is actually what time is best for you. Some research suggests that exercising first thing in the morning may help to speed up fat loss, by getting the body ready to burn more fat during the day. However, consistency and making physical activity a regular habit is the key, irrespective of the time of day.

Myth: You can turn fat to muscle.

You can’t turn fat to muscle. They are two very different tissues. Fat is found under the skin, around muscles and also around organs, which it protects. Muscle tissue is found all over the body. Things like weight training for example will build up the muscle tissue around the fat tissue, but the fat tissue will not turn to muscle. The best way to reduce fat is to eat a healthy diet. Remember lots of fats are good for you like olive oil and oily fish.

Myth: The best way to exercise your brain is doing crosswords and playing things like Sudoku.

Guess what, whilst these games are good exercise, a physical workout beats puzzles hands down. Studies have shown than any activity that gets your heart rate up that is done for a sustained period of time, such as aerobic activity, has a significantly higher beneficial impact on your brain than any puzzle. In particular, things like dancing where a lot of co-ordination and memory is required.

Myth: Sports energy drinks are the best way to stay hydrated.

Often you will find at the gyms numerous different sports and energy drinks as a way of hydrating. However, the truth is most of these drinks are just sugar and water. If you are on a weight loss regime, this is not good. Ditch the sports drink and replace it with good old water!! Eating protein after a workout is also a good plan as muscles are made of protein and this will help build muscle post workout.

Myth: I can work off what I eat!!

Whilst it is true that exercise will help, many are of the belief that they can work off what they eat. Exercise will undoubtedly give you better muscle tone and help you burn food more efficiently, however slimming starts with what you eat. In terms of weight loss, diet plays a much bigger role than exercise.
Sit-ups are the best way to get 6-pack abs.

There are still a lot of people who think that the best way to six pack abs are stomach crunches otherwise known as the sit up. Whilst a properly performed sit up will help, it only targets some of your abdominal muscles. A move like the plank is far more effective and will recruit all your core muscles.

These include the obliques on the sides as well as the muscles on your front and back. In order to get a six-pack, you will need to work these muscles as well.

Myth: Weight training is for men because women who do it will get big muscles.

A lot of women think that if they do weight training, they will bulk up like a man. This just simply isn’t true. Weight training actually has nothing to do with whether you are male or female. The way it affects your body is determined by your levels of testosterone. Women have a lot less testosterone than men, so muscle bulk for a woman in unlikely to occur in the same way it does a man. Weight training is actually a great way to strengthen muscles for both genders.

Myth: It takes at least two weeks to get 'out of shape – Use it or lose it!
A lot of people believe that it takes a few weeks, even months for muscle tissue to break down. The truth is in most instances muscle tissue will start to break down within one week if you stop training. So, exercise that is a fad, simply won’t work. If you want to get in shape and stay in shape, exercise has to be a way of life. Therefore, programme it into your routine for life

Myth: Keeping a food diary is a great way to monitor diet.

Food diaries are a wonderful concept, however, if you have ever watched the show “Secret Eaters”, You will know that we are often economical with the truth, in particular when are kidding ourselves. So, whilst it is a great step towards being responsible for what you are ingesting, it is a given that most of us won’t be 100 per cent truthful. So ditch the food diary as it is likely to make you obsess about food. Just start eating healthily.

Aim to do some form of exercise at least three times a week, build it into your everyday life and you will reap the rewards. Exercise is like a wonderdrug, it can boost mood, improve memory and helps keep your brain healthy. Couple this with a healthy diet and you are onto a winner.

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