These are the 8 most common workout myths many of us still believe, that we need to forget right now :
Myth #1: If You Stop Working Out, Muscles Will Turn To Fat
Let’s start with One of the most common workout myths that we hear, does muscle really turns into fat? The answer is NO! and this is a very common misconception.
Muscle and Fat are two completely different tissues, Generally, if a person ceases workouts and activity, muscles will start to get smaller, and fat cells will slowly start to replace the lean muscle tissue.
this myth started because people often continue to eat the same way after they stop working out. They gain weight very quickly due to unnecessary calorie consumption. So, it’s not possible for muscle tissue to convert over to fat, or fat into muscle.
Myth #2: Working Out In The Morning Is Better
Moving on to the next myth, are morning workouts better? To be honest, it really depends on your goals, for example, if you want to lose fat, training in the morning will be the best option, because when you work out on an empty stomach, your body starts to look at fat storage to consume it.
But in terms of effectiveness of training in general, it doesn’t really matters. Just make sure you are not fatiguing yourself throughout the day if you want to train at night.
Myth #3: Cardio Burns Fat
I think this myth is the most dangerous, first of all, you have to know that Cardio doesn’t burn fat, cardio burns calories. So, if your goal is to lose weight, you want to be in a caloric deficit. doing cardiovascular exercises is helpful. But if you’re not eating a diet or if you’re not monitoring your caloric intake on top of that and making sure that you are in that deficit, no amount of cardio that you do, you can’t outrun a bad diet.
And, in reality, doing too much cardio may actually be a bad thing. Because If all you’re doing is cardio with the goal of losing weight, you can start to burn into that muscle tissue. So, if you are burning into your lean muscle tissue, you may actually be slowing down your metabolism, you could be decreasing your bone density, and you could be making yourself weaker. Well, that’s why I think this myth is potentially the most dangerous and damaging one.
Myth #4: Stretching Before A Workout Prevents Injury
This myth is wrong! Stretching before a workout might cause an injury. Stretching is about increasing the tissue length. Trying to increase tissue length before training is actually something that could disturb the motor patterns stored for the movement you’re about to perform, and That’s not a good thing especially if you’re trying to step underneath a heavy squat rack, into the squat rack for a heavy squat.
You might want to start thinking about changing the mobility of your tissue before you go into a heavy squat. That’s a whole different story. Mobility and stretching are two different things. Mobility before a workout is good, but Stretching, and static stretching before a workout is not very good.
Myth #5: Sweating Makes You Lose More Fat
Actually, We Hear This Myth All The time, sweating doesn’t burn fat! Sweating is just a mechanism your body uses to cool itself naturally. So, what happens is that when you’re working out, your muscles start to produce heat, and in response, your body triggers your sweat glands to produce sweat to cool your body down.
So, you will not literally be losing weight from sweating, but the activity you are doing to cause the sweat might help burn some calories that can lead to weight loss.
If you think that you will be losing weight in the form of sweat droplets, I suppose in theory that is right too because it is water. But it is not significant weight, and you have to be rehydrating yourself anyway to be healthy.
Myth #6: No Pain, No Gain.
Of course this is not true and was likely started by someone trying to sell those exercise DVD’s late at night. We’ve all seen the infomercials.
The idea that you have to cause physical pain to your body, to have exercised enough to make a difference to your health, is absolutely absurd. It is fine to push yourself, especially if you want to increase endurance, but there is a difference between the pain and discomfort of hurting yourself and the burn of a good workout.
If you’re in genuine pain, that’s a sign that you’re doing something wrong. You need to listen to your body before you hurt yourself.
Myth #7: You Should Work Out Every Day
Resting is important because muscles do not develop in the gym, but rather when you’re resting. It doesn’t make a difference in case you’re sore or not, you need to let your muscles grow and recover for Hypertrophy to begin.
So keep in mind that muscles cannot tear and rebuild stronger as the common myth will have you believe, but rather the process has more to do with chemicals and hormones, which is why nutrition is also important. if you don’t rest, you’re really trying to build muscle without any resources, which limits results and causes overtraining to occur.
Myth #8: Your Genetics Determines Your Appearance!
So, you’ve heard it before. “It doesn’t matter how hard you’re working, it’s all going to come down to your genetics at the end of the day”. Will its true genetics can have an impact on your bone length, or on your bone width. But this doesn’t mean that my arms should be small because of it.
We have got the impact of our attachments, where they attach. Sometimes in a slightly different position than others giving some better leverage than others. But at the end of the day, work with what you’ve got.
If you’ve been blessed with a body with 2 arms, and 2 legs, and strength to be able to move that bar, whatever it is, even if it’s just the bar, then you just start pushing until you’re adding plates. You can push until you’re adding more plates. You can push your body to limits you never thought you could by working within your own genetics.
So, yes, you’ll have some differences. Maybe your 6-pack isn’t perfectly lined up, but guess what? You’ve still got a 6-pack. So, who cares whether it’s got this perfect symmetry or it doesn’t. Don’t let that be a cop-out for why you’re not going to train.