We follow a lot of criteria in our lives, but how often do we stop and think is this even effective, who decided that? Do your research before jumping on any fitness trend. We do extensive research to back our supplements and programs, but there's a lot out there that just gets thrown around. Here are 4 fitness myths we're debunking today!
Skipping the Gym Is a Sacrifice of Gains
Some believe that skipping the gym will set them back. Truth is scheduled rest days are a huge part of working out. Giving the body days to rest allows it to recover and prevents stress injuries. Overuse of muscles can cause them to break down rather than build up. This will cause a loss on gains and prevent you from reaching your fitness goals. Instead, schedule in rest days at least once a week to ensure you continue to reap the benefits of going to the gym.
I Don't Need to Workout
There's a belief that if you're not looking to lose weight or build muscle you don't need to workout. This belief is very prevalent among people who are less concerned about their appearance and young adults who at that age find it easier to maintain a fit appearance. Truth is though, those who don’t exercise regularly can lose up to 80% of their strength by age 65. That's including the strength it takes to go about your daily life. Unless you want to be weak at a point in your life when you may need it most, exercise regularly! Even moderate exercise can be very useful, it doesn't have to be intense to be effective in this way.
Paying for the Gym Will Make Me Workout
A gym membership is not a magic wand. There's a belief that because you paid for it, you'll use it. This isn't true at all. Approximately 60% of gym memberships are left unused. You don't need a gym to exercise, you need will power. Don't use a gym membership, a fancy meal plan, or anything else you pay for as a cure-all for your lack of desire to do right by your health and fitness. If you genuinely need guidance or do better with things laid out for you in a format you can follow, than that's one thing. In that case go ahead and get a trainer or start an online program, but don't treat it like it's what's going to force you to do something you'd rather not be doing. We offer several programs backed by results that offer this kind of guidance, but although they will make it easier for you, they will not put in the work for you. You can check them out below.
Exercise Is Exhausting
Although we do expend energy to workout, it shouldn't be wiping you out. If it is, you may want to consider two possibilities. One: you're workout is too intense and is no longer serving you, it's only draining you. Two: you're not taking care of yourself outside of exercise, such as getting enough sleep, eating right, and checking in with your mental health. We can not achieve gains if our bodies are struggling to repair themselves. Working out releases endorphins and this gives you an energy boost. This is why, if your schedule permits, working out in the morning can be highly beneficial to the rest of your day and can even elevate your mood. Exercise is a mood-booster, not a drain if done correctly.