When people start a workout regimen they are usually really excited about starting the new program but also anxious because of possible side effects of said program. Here’s a list of the top 5 myths one hears about working out and fixes to them.
- You will gain weight- Yes and no. While it is common to gain weight it is not really what you think. Most likely what you are gaining is muscle mass which is denser than fat and in turn heavier. Before you freak, muscle is also leaner than fat, that means 10 lbs of muscle will look differently than 10 lbs of fat due to its structure. Yes a pound is a pound but pound of muscle is much more efficient than a pound of fat.
- Muscle weighs more than fat- Read above. the reason everyone thinks muscle weighs more than fat is because of the above. The real reason everyone thinks muscle weighs more than fat is because it is denser and more compact, meaning more of it fits in a space than fat. This is not bad! Having more muscle mass means your basal metabolic rate (how much energy and kcals your body burns on a day-to-day basis) will be higher. With a higher BMR you are burning more calories, which is great for weight loss. And cue famous image.
- Women will bulk up– GAH! No, just no. This is around for a reason yes but unless you are a bodybuilder you don’t have to worry about this. In order for a woman to “bulk up” like a man, you need to produce testosterone like a man. It really is that simple. While there are women with higher (slightly) levels of testosterone, most women have as much testosterone as a 9-year-old boy so…yeah. Going to the gym 3-4 or even 5 times a week for a 30 minute strength or cardio session will not make you look like the Hulk. In order for that to happen you would need to adopt a bodybuilder’s regimen that is customized to you and well, need nads, so steroids are it! Read about bulking up over at bodybuilder.com and you will run into various problems women have with it. <—– That is NOT me ragging on bodybuilding.com, that site is awesome!
- Pain = GOOD! Again just, no. Pain is never good, at anytime, at any place on any day. Pain is there for a reason; to get you to quit whatever nonsense you are doing. No pain, no gain is the most ignorant fitness saying I’ve encountered in my opinion. If you try pushing through pain you can end up either moderately or severely injured, not something you really want to gamble on seeing how both of those leave you benched nursing whatever body part you damaged. The minute, again THE MINUTE you feel pain, take it as a cue to back off. Switch to a different body part to focus on, but now so intently that THAT body part starts to hurt too.
- Sports drinks are awesome! To a point they are, I won’t get into all the ingredients in them because then it will just derail everything. You’re welcome. If you are going to the gym or working out at home for half hour at a moderate rate then you likely do not need a Gatorade. Look ate the Powerade and Gatorade commercials and look at who they are marketed to, hell look at the name “sports drink”. It’s beneficial to people and athletes doing 60- 90 minutes intense workouts, think sports teams and their training and CrossFit. When you are working out at those intense levels you are going to sweat a lot, and you will sweat out a lot of salts and electrolytes needed for your body to work properly. In those instances, Powerade and Gatorade work to add back what you have lost from sweating.
That’s all I have for now, there are a billion other things I could add on here but will probably do it in another post. Have a lovely day!