As men, we all pride ourselves on looking and feeling good. So, we need to make sure we follow a regimen and come up with fitness ideas. However, you need to make sure that you understand what the myths are surrounding health and fitness. These are some of the big myths that people might tell you about getting fit.
You Don’t Need to Exercise
A lot of people will tell you that you don’t need to exercise to keep fit, but this simply isn’t true. Sure, you may not need to spend five days a week at the gym to keep fit, but you do need to exercise. This could be something simple like going for a walk, or running. These are great for cardio and keeping the blood pumping around your body. If you visit the gym, you’ll find that rowing machines provide a great workout. And it is important to get a full and proper workout session. But, as long as you get some form of exercise, such as running, swimming, or even walking, this will be a benefit.
Food Doesn’t Matter
Another falsehood! Food actually plays an integral role in your plans to get fit. You have to observe the right kind of healthy diet. If you don’t, you’re going to suffer as a result. It’s difficult to achieve any results from exercise and working out if you don’t eat right.
Some people will tell you otherwise, but they’re not being truthful. You have to understand that what you put in your body can have a bigger bearing on your body than anything else. So, you have to make sure you do whatever you can to ensure you eat a balanced and healthy diet.
You Have to Have a Personal Trainer
Wrong! Most of the people who will tell you this are likely to be personal trainers themselves! And they’re probably just trying to drum up some business. It is entirely possible to get fit and healthy without ever using a personal trainer. Many people need the drive and discipline a personal trainer provides. But, you won’t necessarily get any better exercise plans or regimes from having a personal trainer than you would without one. Take charge of your own body and your own health, and make sure you decide the direction you’ll be going. You don’t need to have a personal trainer to fulfil your exercise plans.
Never Exercise Every Day
You’re often told that you should never exercise every day because your muscles need a break. Your body needs a rest to recover and rebuild your strength. However, this is not strictly true, and it depends on what you do. You can quite happily exercise every day, and, the fitter you get, the more you may want to do so. As long as you aren’t pushing your body to dangerous levels, this shouldn’t be a problem. You can run or workout every other day, and spend the in-between days doing things like walking or swimming. You can quite happily exercise every day, as long as you remain sensible.
It Can’t Be Done Quickly
A lot of people will tell you that getting fit is something you can’t do quickly. But, this is not actually true. Sure, it might take a while, to begin with, but it really depends on what you want to achieve. When you start out, you can get into shape in a few months. After that regular exercise will help keep you at a healthy peak. You will need some effort and dedication, so beware of a lot of get-fit-quick schemes! But, it can be done quickly as long as you apply yourself and do the right things. Do a bit of research first so you come up with the best ways of building a great fitness regime.
You Won’t Get Injured if You Don’t Overdo It
Now, it’s a commonly held assumption that if you don’t overdo it. If you over-exercise and you pick up an injury then it’s your own fault. But it’s not always that simple. You see, you can pick up injuries even through light exercise. There are a lot of complexities to the human body, and you’d be surprised what can cause you injuries. So, you need to make sure your body is fully prepared for the exercise or workout you’re going to do. This means stretching properly, and making sure you wear them correct apparel and footwear.
Wii Fit Works!
Because we live in such a computer dominated age, it seems like games are everywhere. And we can do anything these days on computers. Wii Fit is a great way of keeping active while gaming. But, you shouldn’t use it as an alternative to actual exercise because it isn’t. Sure, the Wii Fit program can be used to help a little bit, but it isn’t going to have the same impact as proper exercise. So, you need to make sure aren’t relying on this as your sole form of working out. Ignore the myths and employ common sense and logic instead.
Follow What Bodybuilders Do
One of the big myths we get told is to follow what bodybuilders do, but this isn’t always wise. Sure, a lot of builders have awesome bodies and muscles, and we probably aspire to be like a lot of them. But, they also have highly intense and vigorous regimes and put enormous strain on their bodies. They also have a team of people dedicated to looking after them and making sure they’re okay. You don’t. So you shouldn’t be putting your body under this amount of strain or pressure. So, it’s important that you come up with a sensible approach and make sure you aren’t overdoing it.
These are just a few of the myths you’ll no doubt have heard about health and fitness. It’s important to make sure you take your own approach to keeping fit. That means you need to consider the benefits of taking advice but make your own mind up. You have to find what works for you because that is the essence of what makes fitness work.