Debunking Common Fitness Misconceptions
Updated: May 6, 2020
"Exercise is enough."
- This is a common misconception amongst those who are starting a new exercise routine, or trying to meet a fitness goal; a lot of people think simply because they exercise for thirty minutes a few times a week, they'll get the results they're looking for. While it's true that exercise( both aerobic and anaerobic) are imperative when maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there are other things one must do and pay close detail to in order to meet certain fitness goals.
Formulating a plan of action centered around your fitness goals is a great way to organize your thoughts and proceed diligently. After crystalizing one's fitness goals, that plan of action should include workout regime, frequency of exercise, and a healthy eating plan. Including all the aforementioned things into your plan along with maintaining a healthy work-life balance is a recipe for success.
"Stretching comes before the workout."
- According to an article from Harvard Medical School's "Harvard Health Publishing" healthy adults should do flexibility exercises for all major muscle-tendon groups at least two to three times a week. It's completely understandable; after a great, productive, and tiring workout session, one of the natural tendencies of people post-workout is either sit or lay down, or simply shower and carry on with their day, forgetting one of the most essential parts of the workout; the post-workout stretch.
According to an article from Health & Wellness company "Disc", a few of the benefits of stretching after a workout include: improved flexibility and blood circulation, eliminates lactic acid, serves a pain & injury preventive measure, and is key in providing a sort of harmony between mind and body.
"The Longer, The Better."
- There are a lot of people, even fitness enthusiasts who may think that the longer a single workout session lasts, the better my body will look in the long run; Technically, that has never been the whole truth. Training for too long can lead to a drop off in results and even increase your risk of injury. Everyone’s body has its limits and you should adjust your workout accordingly if you want optimal results. When you overtrain, your body has a much tougher time recovering, and most of your gains take place during the recovery phase.
Although there is no standard length for which a workout session should last, and different people with different fitness goals and starting points surely require different regimes, it is important to understand that efficiency and organization is key. Have a plan, and strive to execute your workout of the day within an hour, followed by a dynamic, attentive stretch. Sometimes less is more, and sometimes more needs to be done; it's all about balance.