Fitness : Myths & Facts

Exercising on an empty stomach 
One of the most common mistakes people make when they start to workout is by starting to exercise on an empty stomach. “Working out on an empty stomach could lead to fatigue, even before your body actually starts metabolising the fat,” she says. “But don’t exercise on a full stomach either.” The healthy thing to do is to not eat a heavy meal for at least an hour before you begin your workout. Instead have a light health snack.  Fruits or health biscuits are a good option,” she says. 

Join a gym to get fit 
This is another common misconception, point out health experts. Any form of activity that gives your body an overall workout including cycling, dancing, jogging or even swimming is just as good a way to get fit as joining a gym. As long as you get exercise in some form, being fit need not be synonymous with gymming. 

Women bulk up like men if they do weights 
“Regular workouts only make the muscles firm and taut. It’s a myth that women bulk up like men do. Unless a woman works towards achieving that look, it’s highly unlikely, that she will bulk up by default.

Expecting miracles 
The perfectly-sculpted bodies that you see on TV are not made over a day. It needs patience, dietary discipline and a lot of hard work . Fitness instructors who promise you otherwise in just a few weeks are exactly the ones you’d want to avoid. 

Excessive sweating means you’re unfit 
“Sweating is simply a means to release the heat from the body to keep your body temperature normal. It just efficiently cools down your body and it’s perfectly normal,” say experts. 

The more you exercise, the better it is 
Yes, there is a thing as over-exercising, and it can cause injury. Your muscles need at least 24 hours to repair themselves. It’s important to rest your muscles too to avoid muscle fatigue.

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