We address some of the biggest health and fitness myths out there
If you’ve ever stepped foot in a gym, watched a health & fitness programme, or even just spent any time online browsing the endless ‘Insta fit’ pages you’ll know that there are hundreds if not thousands of myths about the health and fitness industry.
It’s also really hard to know who to trust so it’s always worth questioning the wisdom of the celeb who’s clearly just endorsing the latest faddy detox tea or shake.
So we thought we’d help set the record straight for you! Here are some of the most popular myths out there…
You Need To Train Everyday To See Results
So yes, you need to train consistently in a focused way and following a programme that meets your goals but you do not need to grind in the gym seven days a week. In fact, that can impede your progress more than anything. You need to eat right, get enough sleep and shake up your programme every few weeks to constantly challenge your body.
You Need to Cut Out Carbs
Instagram: ”No carbs before Marbs ‘. Reality: “Carb us up”.
Your body needs carbohydrates for energy. Some people follow a Ketogenic but they tend to have specific health needs. The best diet is the one that works for you and allows you to eat this way for the rest of your life. Cut out ‘junk carbs’ such as sugar and any processed foods but eat whole food in it’s most nutritious form and focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
You Need to Drink Protein Shakes
Protein shakes and meal replacement bars can be useful if you are short on time but they are by no means essesential. Add some protein to every meal, whether it’s meat, fish or eggs or a vegan option and you shouldn’t require too many supplements. Remembers shakes and bars are purely there to supplement your diet, they’re not to be used as replacements!
Sleep is for the Weak
We feel very strongly about this one! Sleep is for the successful! Your average athlete is in bed by 10pm and focuses on getting at least eight hours of quality sleep a night. Sleep rebuilds and repairs your body, making you stronger and keeping you healthier.
You Don’t Need Cardio
The success of strength training programmes has led to some people thinking that cardio is an optional extra. But your body needs to be strong in every way, which means that cardiovascular health must also be considered. This doesn’t mean you have to go and run a marathon! If you hate the treadmill, just add in some Tabata or HIIT training and remember that a weights session with lower weight & higher reps will also give you a cardio workout.
You Don’t Need Strength Training
By the same token, there will always be people who simply pound the gym treatmill when they are working out and entirely focus on cardio. If you want to see your body change, start to add focused strength training into your gym programme.
Powerlifting Is For Men
No! You’ve only got to look at Instagram to see plenty of inspiration when it comes to strong and powerful women. Olympic lifting, powerlifting and strongman (or strongwomen) are all excellent training regimes for women and the social scene welcomes both sexes equally. You may wish to try a class before entering the weights area in your local gym to master lifts such as the deadlift, clean and jerk and snatch though!
Weightlifting Makes Women Bulky
We hear this myth a lot! Lifting weights makes women lean & strong. The female body simply isn’t designed to look like Arnie and bodybuilders who achieve this look have to train at elite levels in an extremely specific way to do so. Lifting heavy weights creates that sculpted look that everybody wants and with the correct nutrition, results can be seen quickly.
Whatever your personal health and fitness goals, we have a programme here to help you reach them. Get in touch for a free consultation to see how we can help you reach yours.