I would like to share with you my thoughts from an article by Dr. Joseph Mercola and encourage you to check out his website, fitness.mercola.com
MYTH #1: Weight Training Will Make Women Look Too Bulky. The women body builders that come to mind train very long and hard to achieve their physiques. Don’t worry. When you lift weights to the point that you sweat a little is not going to make you to look like them. It will, however, add muscle density to your body, which in turn will burn more calories. It takes more calories to move a body of muscle than a body of fat.
MYTH #2: It’s Dangerous to Start Exercising When You Are Older. I laughed out loud when I read this one! Most of my clients are 65 plus. They love how their toned muscles allow them to move through life with ease.
MYTH #3: Walking Is Useless. Who ever thinks this way does not have a regular long distance habit. I have power walked off more than 200 lbs. (total gain with 4 pregnancies). No matter what your size or fitness level, everyone can begin a walking program.
MYTH #4: You Have to Exercise Long and Hard to Lose Weight and Improve Fitness. Now, we know strength and fitness does not come easy but studies show that 20 minutes of mild exhortation that raises your heart rate and makes you perspire even a little, yields tremendous benefits.
MYTH #5: You Can Target Fat Deposits with Spot Training. 100 sit-ups a day will not give you a flat belly. You might develop a 6 pack but it is hidden under a thermal blanket of fat. Fat does not shrink through exercising. You cannot out work your diet. I see big strong guys at the gym that do a great job hiding all their hard earned muscles under a layer of cheeseburgers and Budweiser.
MYTH #6: If You Don’t Need To Lose Weight There is No Need To Exercise. The new buzzword is “Skinny Fat.” Just because you are thin does not mean you are healthy. Anorexia anyone? Skinny people need to be strong too. We all need to build a strong heart muscle and do weight bearing exercises to condense bones and offset osteoporosis. All you naturally slim people, do not be lulled into thinking that thin equals healthy.
MYTH #7: No Pain No Gain. This statement is so filled with testosterone that it has a 5 o’clock shadow. The sentiment is well taken but it is not to be taken literally. Pain is an indicator that something is wrong. I like to say, “No sweat, no gain.” The best part of my job is when I hear a client say, “I never knew I could be so strong!” It is my pleasure to help women make their ‘arms strong for the task.’
The take away is; Incorporate some sort of sweat producing activity into your every day life. Start with 3 days and fall in love with exercise.
And as always, I am here to help you.
New Bio- Joan is starting her 6th year with Gold’s Gym where she dispels these and other myths all day long.