There’s just something about the health and fitness industry that seems to breed misinformation, myths and downright lies. Because Americans seem to be looking for health miracles more often than not, the proliferation of unfounded promises continue to haunt even the most knowledgeable of fitness fanatics and their personal trainers alike. It seems that certain fitness myths are as difficult to get rid of as those last five pounds. They just keep hanging around. As a personal fitness trainer in Fort Lee, continuous effort is made to help dispel these myths once and for all. The most dangerous fitness myths that we hope to get rid of once and for all include:
- The myth regarding physical effort and pain. We’ve all seen the idiotic t-shirts claiming “No Pain, No Gain.” The fact is, that while you should feel some level of strain you should never feel actual pain during your workout. It often serves as a warning sign that something is not right and you risk injuring yourself should you ignore the signs your body is trying to relay. After a workout, muscle soreness is ok, stabbing joint pain is not.
- The myth regarding man-like muscles on women. Regardless of how many personal trainers continue to encourage women to take up strength training, there exists the fear that weight training will result in Amazonian-type muscle growth. The fact is, most women simply don’t possess the level of testosterone that is needed to create the large and bulging muscles that they are in fear of. Strength training is an important aspect of a well-rounded fitness regimen and should be incorporated into weekly workouts as much as possible.
- The myth regarding the time commitment needed for an effective workout. The idea that exercise HAS to be done for at least 30 minutes for this, or 60 minutes for that is simply ridiculous. The simple fact is that any and all exercise, done properly, is beneficial. If you are only able to walk for 10 minutes during a break at work, do it. 20 minutes spent working your biceps while watching tv is better than not working anything. Do what you can, when you can, increasing activity whenever possible.