Health and Fitness Truths Revealed

Sept 2013

Health and Fitness TRUTHS Revealed

Fitness can be a confusing topic for many people, which is probably why so many people just ignore it altogether. Contrary to popular belief, the industry changes all the time. New workouts or diet fads start, old ones die off, people hit plateaus and give up and others are too afraid to start. I want to address some of the popular MYTHS that seem to be hotly debated.

Fasted Cardio: isn’t it true that if you hit the treadmill for a jog on an empty stomach, you’ll burn more fat? No. Your body will sacrifice muscle tissue as well as fat for energy demands. This isn’t good because you need to maintain as much muscle as possible in order to keep your metabolic rate as high as you can. Once again, more muscle means you burn more calories at rest (and that’s a good thing).

Breakfast is the most important meal, but while breakfast is extremely important because your body needs nourishment after a night’s sleep. A solid nutrition plan means every meal is very important. Skipping meals in the day leads to your body holding onto more body fat as a defense mechanism. Starting with breakfast and continuing on with healthy and consistent meals all day will help you stay healthy and fit.

Drinking too much water bloats you: I know it seems that more water you drink, the more your body holds, but this isn’t how your body works. In fact, as you drink water, your body will actually flush excess water out. This is good because it will keep you satiated (full so you don’t overeat) while flushing toxins out. Believe it or not, the more water you consume, the more water that will leave your body.

Taking a long nap in the day is good for you: Since taking a nap can reduce fatigue, improve relaxation and increase mental awareness, wouldn’t a long nap be even better? No. Taking a short nap during the day can benefit you if your body needs additional rest, but if you sleep too long during the day, you may not get the full night sleep your body really needs. It’s extremely important to rest a full night in order for your body to recover from day-to-day activities, as well as help you burn body fat more effectively and improve overall health. So the next time you lay down for a nap, be sure to keep it short (less than 30 min).

It’s healthy to work out longer than 2 hours a day: The longer you work out, the more calories you burn, right? No, more is not necessarily better in this case. Your body is efficient during exercise for about an hour. If you continue to exercise when you’re already tired and depleted of energy, you risk injuring yourself and overtraining. Both are sure-fire ways of slowing your progress. Studies show that shorter, consistent bouts of exercise are more beneficial than a longer, drawn out workout because you’re able to stay mentally focused and keep the intensity high. Hit it hard for about 45 to 60 minutes and save some for the next workout. Rest is sometimes a key for faster results.