Thursday, December 8, 2011

Top 5 Exercise Myths ~ Texas Fit Chicks Bootcamp

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Myth: If I exercise, I can eat whatever I want.
Reality: Many people overestimate the number of calories used during exercise. For example, a 175-pound man burns about 140 calories on a 30-minute walk. However, if that same man sits down after his walk and eats an energy bar – which has about 250 calories – he loses the calorie-cutting benefit of exercise, and then some. Remember, to lose weight you need to use more calories than you take in.

Myth: If I have no energy for a workout, it’s best to rest.
Reality: Working out gives you energy! Plan your workout for the times of day when you have the most energy. Go to bed earlier to make sure you’re getting enough rest.

Myth: To lose weight, I should only focus on aerobic exercise.
Reality: While aerobic exercise helps you burn calories, strength training helps you reduce body fat, increase your lean muscle mass, and burn calories more efficiently. It’s also important to stretch and exercise your core muscles for flexibility, balance, and good circulation.

Myth: I should push myself to the limit to get the benefit. After all, as the old saying goes, “No pain, no gain."
Reality: Exercise shouldn’t hurt. Muscle soreness after a great workout is okay, working through pain is a path to injury.

Myth: I should drink a sports drink when I exercise.
Reality: It’s important to stay hydrated when you exercise, but zero-calorie water is often the best choice. You don’t need electrolytes and carbohydrates found in sports drinks unless you are doing vigorous exercise for more than 90 mins.

Don’t let these and other myths about exercise sabotage your workout. Our trainers at Texas Fit Chicks Boot Camp will help you reach your fitness goals through our Womens only bootcamp! We Train REAL Housewives in N. Dallas ~ with locations in Allen, McKinney, Prosper, Plano and Frisco Texas.
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