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Diets, Fitness — December 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Common Fitness Myths That Prevent You From Reaching Your Weight Loss Goals

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English: KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Korea— Airmen from the 8th Fighter Wing use cardio equipment at the fitness center. Cardiovascular exercise is one way to stay fit and maintain weight according to health and physical fitness experts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Weight management is an important part of just about anybody’s life, but there’s a lot more to it than simply making sure you get plenty of exercise. If you’ve ever heard anyone use the expression “abs are made in the kitchen,” you’ve heard them speak the truth. The point is that true physical fitness comes not just from eating, and not just from getting a lot of exercise, but from living a well-balanced life that includes the right amounts of both, and the right kinds of both for you and your specific body type.

Everyone is different, and as such it usually takes a little bit of getting to know yourself to land on the right combination of exercise and diet for your particular size, stature, and body chemistry. Because of this, a lot of myths have developed and been perpetuated over the years, and if you’re buying into the wrong idea when it comes to working out, you could actually be standing in the way of your weight loss goals, rather than doing everything you can do to further your cause. Plenty of these myths are actually pretty common, and you might very well be under the idea that some of them even apply to you. We’ll talk about some of the most easily-avoided misconceptions that might be hampering your weight loss efforts so you can shed those pounds and look awesome for all those upcoming holiday parties.

One of the most common misconceptions when it comes to fitness, especially in its relation to what you eat and put into your body, is that calories are the same, pretty much all across the board. You might wonder how this is related to fitness, and the relationship between the two is completely inextricable. You can’t have the energy your body needs to exercise if you don’t put any fuel into it. The thing is, you want to make sure that you’re putting in the right kind of fuel. Between proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, there are a few different types of calories for your body to take in, and it breaks them all down differently. Pay attention to what you’re eating, and do your due diligence to find out what kind of foods are the best for your given activities.

Another good one is the idea that running is better than walking. If you cover the same amount of distance, you’re going to burn the same amount of calories. Just because you bought that fancy orbit treadmill doesn’t mean you have to crank it up to full-blast right away. Take your time and build yourself up to a more rigorous workout so your body can burn calories as efficiently as possible. Having the right workout strategy is no problem when you know how your body works best. With the best ideas in mind, you can shed those pounds and look awesome when you ring in the new year.

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