5 Myths We Women Believe About The Gym, Busted
Running the risk of being called “captain obvious”, I just want to state that gymming is probably the most effective way of losing and maintaining weight. However, over the years it has got a bad reputation because of a few misconceptions that people refuse to let go of. Especially when it involves the gym and women. Somehow, we believe that when we step into the gym, we are going to come out looking all burly and built up. Which, never happens. Admit it. So today, we have curated a list of all the myths that we want to bust. Read on, you might look at gymming in a whole new light after this.
Myth: No pain no gain
This is a huge misconception most women have. The thing is, mild discomfort and soreness is perfectly normal. But at any point if you feel a sharp pain in part of your body, stop whatever you are doing and go consult a doctor. A sharp pain could indicate a pulled muscle, a torn ligament or even a back problem. Do not work through the pain or you might end up aggravating whatever went wrong. “no pain no gain” is what a lot of trainers will tell you, but you need to listen to your body.
Myth: You will bulk up if you lift weights
There are a lot of women who avoid going to the gym because of the fear of bulking up and looking like a man. This is yet another huge misconception. The fact is that weight training only sharpens and tones your body, it does not lead to beefy looking muscles. So yeah, don’t ditch the gym for some imagery you’ve made up in your head.
Myth: Only cardio is enough to lose weight
I have always noticed that most girls believe walking/jogging/swimming every day is enough to lose weight and keep it off permanently. While cardio has proven to be an excellent way to lose weight, it isn’t the only method you need to indulge in. Weight training is equally important as that is what develops your muscles and helps regularize overall fat burning. The bottom line is, cardio is good, but you also need to lift if you want to lose weight and keep it off permanently.
Myth: You should work out every day
No matter who tells you what, working out every day is worse for your body than not exercising at all. Rest days should be a part of your workout regime, consider it a thumb rule. The reason you need rest days is simple, after an intense workout your muscles need time to heal before you can work on them again. If you don’t give your muscles enough time to heal, you might end up facing some serious damage in the long run.
Myth: The more you sweat, the more fat you burn
Sweating is not directly proportional to shedding kilos. Working out is not about how much sweat, it is about the number of calories you’ve burnt. Consider this. Running in a park will lead to you sweat more than running on a treadmill in a gym – but that doesn’t mean you have burnt more calories in the park. If you want to track your progress, calculate how many calories you are burning and not how much you sweat.