It’s not too difficult to come up with a big list of phrases we’ve heard in regards to working out, health, and fitness. Many of these, however, are myths that can lead to serious damage if you take them to heart. Thinking about starting to work out? There are some important things to keep in mind:
Myth 1: No Sweat? You Aren’t Working Out Hard Enough!
Sweating is your body’s way of cooling itself down. It doesn’t really have much to do with how hard you are exercising. You could be working out quite intensely in subzero temperatures and not break a sweat, but could be dripping with moisture by simply walking from your car to a building in the heat of summer.
Don’t base the productivity of your workout on how much you sweated!
Myth 2: I Don’t Have Time to Go to The Gym and Work Out
First of all, you don’t have to go to the gym! That’s one of the biggest myths out there. There are ways to fit exercise into most aspects of your daily life. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park farther back in the parking lot so you can get a few extra walking steps in. Swing dance with your husband or wife in the living room. The list goes on of ways you can burn calories without hardly even thinking about it!
Myth 3: I’m Too Old to Workout
Exercising is one of the BEST things you can do as you age! According to WebMD, exercise can improve your strength, balance, and agility. It can also help in the fight against osteoporosis and heart disease, improves your stamina and emotional health, as well as helping your mind stay sharp.
Be careful to not overdo it, but walking, light jogging, biking, swimming, playing tennis or golf, and aerobics can really help you stay healthy as you get older.
Myth 4: Working Fut isn’t Fun
Well, make it fun! Find a workout buddy – someone who can come along side you as you encourage each other. Having someone to chat with while walking or someone to push yourself to keep up with while jogging can make all the difference in a workout. Having someone hold you accountable is also a great way to ensure that you continue working out as much as you planned to when starting out.
Listening to music while you work out can also make it more fun. Find some high energy music that you enjoy listening to, let it excite you, and just see the difference it makes in your workout sessions!
Also, make sure you find an activity that you enjoy. Working out should NOT be tedious when there is such a variety of activities you can choose from. Surely there’s something you enjoy!
Myth 5: I Can Wat Whatever I Want as Long as I Exercise!
Sorry, but no. You can’t inhale a bunch of junk food, then go “walk it off” by taking a lap around the block and expect to not see any negative effects. That’s just not how it works. Losing weight is a combination of things, including eating healthy along with exercise.
Chris Turberville-Tully is a marketing strategist for We Love Our Health, a health resource for staying fit through proper workouts, good diets, regular doctor checkups and identifying health risks.