Working Out

5 Myths About Working Out

When it comes to fitness, the myths out there are endless! Starting a workout routine can be tricky enough without feeling discouraged by the misleading information floating around the internet. To support you in your search for sound fitness advice, we’re debunk some of the most popular myths about working out.

Myth #1: Crunching alone can reduce belly fat

Unfortunately it's not possible to reduce fat in just one area with targeted exercises, so if that's your goal then stay clear of sit-up challenges that promise otherwise! When it comes to fat reduction, the body prefers to take an 'all or nothing' approach, which makes it impossible to only burn fat in one place at a time.

The best approach to reducing fat in any area is a healthy diet and an all-round fitness routine that combines total body strength and cardio workouts. That's why these are the foundations of the Lose Weight plan in Seven!

Myth #2: Morning is the best time to workout.

The best time to work out is whenever you can. Having the perception that there’s only one good time to workout can be a major deterrent for getting started. If you’ve realized you’re not a morning person for instance, then do your workout later in the day when you have more energy.

Choosing a time that works easily for you will help you be more consistent - and that’s what’s important!

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Myth #3: You should see progress after 2 weeks

Genetics and hundreds of lifestyle factors play an important role in how fast you'll see progress, which workouts feel right for you, and other fundamentals like nutrition, stress management and sleep.

Remember to re-evaluate often and adjust as needed. There are a range of other signs that your workouts are having a positive effect on your wellbeing. Are you enjoying your workouts? Do you feel satisfied and nourished by your diet? Are you feeling optimistic about your fitness routine? What additions would make you feel happier and healthier?

Myth #4: No pain, no gain.

There's a difference between 'good' and 'bad' workout pain. For example, a moderate burning sensation while you train, as well as soreness in the following days are often harmless. You might even think of this type of pain as a rewarding sign of an intense workout.

However, an isolated throbbing or a 'pulled' muscle feeling should never be ignored, and are not signs of a good workout. To prevent pain and injury, ensure your muscles are warmed up before starting heavy workouts. After you have finished, a cool-down stretch can help to reduce lactic acid build-up in your muscles, lessening soreness the following day. Luckily, you can find both in Seven's Library!

Myth #5: Strength training makes you big and bulky

Not true! Rather than adding bulk, strength training is a powerful way to reduce fat and get that slim 'toned' look. This is because muscle tissue is denser than fat so it takes up less space in the body. By losing fat and gaining muscle, you'll also start burning fat more efficiently than before.

Strength training is an integral part of any fitness routine. Aside from the obvious, it has other valuable benefits like improving your posture, protecting your joints and improving your coordination.

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