7 Myths About Fitness You Should Know

7 Myths About Fitness & How To Improve Your Lifestyle

The definition of fitness is the condition of someone in good health. Some job roles need a level of fitness from the candidate to be able to perform the duties outlined in the advert. A fitness instructor or a dance teacher is a prime example. With personal experience comes knowledge about what works and what doesn't. However, also, education and training expand the fitness instructors skill set.

Why Do We Need to Keep Fit?

We need to be fit if we want to optimize our health. Keeping fit and doing regular exercise prevents many lifestyle diseases. Exercising regularly helps the body to fight illness. It is always best to start doing a small amount of exercise at first if you haven't exercised in a while. You can try low-intensity exercise at first, so your body gets used to exercising. By doing this, you can help prevent injury and inflammation for when you want to work out harder later on. The body needs time to adjust to activity levels. Hire a personal trainer, or buy some self-help books that your friends are talking about. If you’re like me and you want to get fit, it is important to know how to manage your fitness effectively. It is important for most to know how to get the best results and how to reach goals. Before you start your exercise plan and before you make any adjustments to it, it is important to review your progress. Reviewing progress helps you to track your improvements or shortcomings. You can identify patterns which may help to make your exercise plan even more effective.It’s also important to note that everyone’s biochemistry is different. There isn’t a one size fits all approach when coming to creating and sticking to fitness regimes. Your requirements will be different from the next person.Regular exercise makes the heart stronger and lowers your resting heart rate. It should be sustained life-long for best health rather than as a short-term fad.

What Else can Affect Your Physical Health?

Food can affect your physical health too. Poor diets can lead to many lifestyle diseases. Follow the NHS guidelines on how much you should eat certain foods. To change eating habits, consult your dietitian. Or buy books on the subject or borrow them from your local library. The experts are experts for a reason. Consult one if you need to. If you want to join a gym, you could get a partner to go with you if you feel nervous about going on your own.

Every unique individual has a different energy requirement needed for a day. The energy requirements a person needs in one day is their Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) measured in calories added to their Physical Activity Levels (PAL) measured in calories. Basal Metabolic Rate is the amount of energy used while we are at rest and it keeps our vital functions going. Physical Activity Levels are the number of calories needed to be able to perform certain physical activities. For a certain physical activity performed there must be an amount of energy that the person has gained from food to perform that activity, and the energy needed depends on your weight. This total amount is your daily energy requirements.

Some Myths Debunked & Some Common Statements Clarified

Exercising on an Empty Stomach is Good & Bad for You

Your body’s carbohydrate glycogen stores are reduced in the morning therefore after not eating for hours while you have slept the body could turn into fat stores rather than using its usual primary source for energy which is usually carbohydrates. However, if the fat stores become depleted, then people can start to lose muscle for energy, and we need muscle for strength and power. Losing muscle will make you feel weak. However, this type of situation would be rare.

Carbohydrates Are Only in Bread & Potatoes

False. Carbohydrates are also found in legumes and dairy products and many other foods.

Calcium Only Comes from Dairy

False. Green leafy vegetables ad brazil nuts contain calcium.

The More Sweat You Produce the More Fat You Burn Off

Sweating does not affect fat loss; it is simply your bodies way of getting rid of excess heat. Too much heat and no sweating could lead to heat exhaustion. Therefore it’s important to drink water during high-intensity exercise.

All Protein-based Foods Have the Same Type of Protein

False. There are other types of proteins such as casein and whey. Each of these proteins has different functions, and each type of protein has varying amounts of carbohydrates and cholesterol.

If You are not Sore after You have First Exercised, then You Didn’t Exercise Hard Enough

People can get soreness which results from tissue inflammation. Tissue inflammation is due to malfunction of the immune system. It could happen as a result of injury and means that you may have been working too hard. Inflammation slows down recovery time, causes tissues to become worn out and can restrict fitness gain.