Ever heard advice that was just so bad or so unhealthy that it made you cringe? This interesting Huffington Post article has some of the worst, most downright inefficient advice that some fitness experts have heard. While there is nothing wrong with seeking out fitness advice, we have to make sure that the advice we get is sound.
Here is some of the worst fitness advice that can make fitness experts and trainers cringe upon hearing them:
This is a common misconception and advice given to a lot of women who fear that by lifting weights they will bulk up as oppose to staying healthy yet lean. According to Minna Herskowitz, this is not true and not something women need to fear. Herskowitz, an NFPT certified trainer, says that men and women are built differently and therefore lifting heavy weights should not produce the same results. Women have less testosterone than men and unless they take supplements and increase their caloric intake above normal levels, lifting will not cause them to bulk up. On the contrary, adding different levels of resistance to a workout routine has a lot of benefits and women should be open to that idea.
Doing Cardio is Enough for Weight Loss:
Although many experts agree that a great cardio routine is an important factor in weight loss, resistance training should also be incorporated into an effective weight loss plan. Lifting weights allows the body to burn more calories while at rest and builds lean muscle mass. Since muscle is a metabolically active tissue, it needs energy to maintain itself. That energy, of course, is calories!
No Pain, No Gain?
You should not be in pain after your workout. Although “No pain, no gain” is commonly heard across fitness circles and in gyms across America, if your body is in pain it is trying to tell you something is wrong. After a workout you should feel some temporary discomfort, and that is normal, but pain is the body’s way of telling us something is not quite right and perhaps it may even have to do with your workout routine – listen to your body.
Don’t Drink Water During Your Workout:
As far as bad advice goes, hearing that there is a “fire” that starts in your belly while working out and that you should not drink water, else you extinguish it, is terrible advice. The trainer who reported hearing this found it even more ridiculous because the women he heard it from seemed to have thought that there was indeed a real fire within you. That fire, she believed, helped stoke your metabolism. It should go without saying, hydrate yourself. Drink water while working out, please
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