Wellness: What’s Myth and What’s Not

Wellness: What's Myth and What's NotYou must do a lot of sit-ups to send that belly away.
It is not possible to reduce isolated areas of the body by doing specific exercises. You will lose weight by increasing the number of calories you burn in proportion to the amount of calories you take in by eating.

Working out on a stationary bicycle will not make your legs bigger.
TRUE: Aerobic exercising from cycling will not increase the size of the muscles in your thighs or calves – the weight load is too low to cause your muscles to gain in size (hypertrophy).

You will look like a body builder if you lift weight
FALSE: Lifting weights 2 or 3 times per week, performing only one exercise for each muscle group, and limiting it to 1 or 2 repetitions per muscle group, cannot cause your muscles to develop. Muscle development in body builders is the result of long, daily weight training sessions, performing several exercises per muscle group and suing special techniques specifically to develop the muscles.

You don’t need to work out if you use electro-stimulation
FALSE: These devices can be integrated with fitness exercises but cannot replace them. Muscle stimulation through exercising with or without equipment is more natural and complete. Instead the use of electro stimulation devices is useful for certain rehabilitation therapies.

You should drink while you exercise
TRUE: It is extremely important to drink liquids such as water or saline integrators, before, during and after exercise. This counterbalances the loss of fluids through perspiration and breathing. You need enough water to maintain your body at a normal temperature, and therapy avoiding excessive overheating, which is dangerous.

Exercising for anything less than an hour is waste of time
FALSE: 20 minutes of exercise, 3 to 4 times a week, will give you better results than 1 hour of sporadic exercise. The frequency and regularity with which you work out are more important than the amount of time you spend exercising.

You must eliminate fats to lose weight
FALSE: A well-balanced diet should include 20% of fat. Fats are a very important source of energy, they insulate the body against cold, they help the body absorb certain vitamins and they assist in hormone and prostaglandin production. In order to lose weight on a permanent basis, you must increase the amount of calories you burn off through exercise and at the same time time you must maintain a balanced intake of calories.

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