Facts About the Gym - True or False?
So you go to the gym and overhear a dude saying one thing about fitness, but go home that night to find that the internet says otherwise. Which is true and which is false? We’ve put together a list of some of the most commonly misunderstood things about fitness, so you can know what works best for you!
Stretching is the best thing to do in order to prep your body for a workout.
Answer: False! Warming up with some light cardio is much more beneficial.
Although stretching is beneficial, stretching cold muscles (or ones that haven’t yet been warmed up) can actually lead to further strain or injury.
Machines are a much safer option than free weights.
Answer: True! However, free weights can be potentially more beneficial with proper form.
Usually when you reach your limit or have a slip up with the machines, you can simply release yourself from the weight and the worst that will happen will be that you’ll scare everyone with the loud “bang” of the weight dropping. Whereas with free weights, there is much more risk for strain and injury.
You have to be thin to be considered healthy.
Answer: False! Body fat is only one measure of health, but not a very accurate one.
Body fat is all relative and whether you’re on the lower or higher end of the ratio scale, you’re still equally at risk of being or becoming unhealthy.
Exercise makes you smarter.
While one workout isn’t going to turn you into Albert Einstein, it’s been proven that exercise helps memory and thinking processes while regular movement causes a decrease in stress, anxiety and inflammation.
Squats and deadlifts are bad for your back - it’s better to stick to to simpler workouts.
It’s not the movement that’s bad for your back, it’s the form. Using better techniques help to mitigate risk.
Walking has an improvement on bone density.
Answer: True! And this process actually increases with things like skipping and jumping!
Regular movement and exercise had been proven to stimulate bone formation and repair, and even help to retain calcium in the bones being used.
Yoga is all the cardio you need.
Answer: False! Despite what you may think...
...coming out of the yoga room drenched in sweat, it’s not even close to meeting to the minimum standard required for aerobic exercise according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Although not nearly as many calories are burned, it is still important for building lean muscle mass.
Even when you are thin, it is still important to exercise.
Body fat is one way of determining health, but usually not a very accurate one. It’s still important to get regular movement and exercise to maintain a healthy body as well as a healthy mind!
How many surprised you? Now go impress your friends with your newfound knowledge!