“Life is a journey that must be travelled,” and so making sure you take a step towards the right direction every day should be one of your main goals. Putting that into perspective, what you don’t know about fitness could take you off track or into the wrong direction. This is why we bring these 5 fitness myths debunked by SIXPAD experts.
Myth 1: You lose more fat when you sweat during an exercise
The amount of sweat released during a workout is not directly proportional to the fat burned. Sweating is a mechanism used by the body to regulate its temperature. Sweating profusely makes you lose water weight (does not burn fat) which you can regain when you drink water.
Myth 2: Cardio exercises are only for people trying to lose weight
Though cardio can help you lose weight, there are so many other benefits attached to it. Cardio helps to alleviate stress, improve cardiovascular health, cognitive function, and sleep quality, just to name a few. In a nutshell, cardio is great for anyone trying to improve his/her fitness and enjoy an overall healthier lifestyle.
Myth 3: Lifting weights turn fat into muscles
Fat and muscles are different tissues with different components. This means that you can’t turn one into another, even when lifting weights. Weight lifting helps you burn fat and stimulate muscle hypertrophy (increase in the size of muscle cells).
Myth 4: Thinking you can target your fat burn
A lot of people, for example, think they will develop a flat abdomen if they do a particular number of crunches or sit-ups. Though these exercises help build abdominal muscles, they will still be hiding beneath those layers of fat. When it comes to burning fat, incorporating a variety of exercises to lose fat all through your body is more feasible than targeting a particular area of the body.
Myth 5: Eating whatever you want is fine as long as you exercise
This is probably the most popular of all the 5 fitness myths debunked by our experts. Unfortunately, you will still need to watch what you eat if you want to lose weight. Losing weight is all about having a calorie deficit, which is, consuming fewer calories than you burn.
Bonus Myth: Ab belts don’t work
Ab belts do work, especially those using the more efficient 20 Hz frequency. Read this for more information.
We are confident that these 5 fitness myths debunked by our experts will put you back on the right track. Add the SIXPAD training gear for more efficient results. Get in touch with us for any inquiries.