I think I have heard every excuse in the world on why a person can’t workout. Seriously, I could write a book on the subject – 101 Excuses to Not Workout and Other Fun Ways to Tick off Your Trainer. I’m too tired, I’m too busy, I have to cancel our appointment because my son flushed my car keys down the toilet. True story – that one made me giggle for a week. What I’ve noticed in my years of “excuse hearing” is that most excuses come from parents. Now, it’s true, I don’t have kids, but I can only imagine what a world filled with diapers, play dates, midnight trips to the ER because someone stuck a toy car up their nose AGAIN, school functions and all the other “perks” of a being a parent would be like. Being a parent, from what I’ve witnessed only, is a tough job. You are constantly running somewhere to pick up someone/something or racing to drop something off for someone who forgot said something and at the end of the day you are exhausted. (I’m exhausted after writing that sentence). It seems like there is never enough hours in a day to do the things that you really have NO energy to do anyways. Well parents, that is the one reason right there why you should make time to workout. Imagine a world where you can take time out of every day to destress, get energized and maybe even have a little peace and quiet to yourself. What if that could be a reality? Well, maybe not the peace and quiet part, but you know where I’m going with this. Taking as little as 30 minutes a day to workout will do wonders for your energy level and mental health. Exercising releases these amazing endorphins that make life’s little stressors easier to handle and gives you more energy to do all the things you want to do in a day. How great would it be if at the end of a long work day you actually had the energy to go outside and play with your kids? Combine the exercising with a healthy diet and you and your kids will both be living a healthier lifestyle that will benefit the whole family. And don’t be selfish and keep the fun of exercising to yourself – get the entire family involved. Take walks or bike rides together, sign up to do a Family Fun Run/Walk or do something as simple as play tag. Starting a fitness routine now will not only benefit you, but it will teach your children the importance of their health as well as yours. Be proactive in your health to ensure that you can have a long, active and healthy life with your children.
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MYTH: Muscle turns into fat when you stop working out.
REALITY: Muscle and fat are two completely different tissues that have different functions, so it’s physiologically impossible to turn one into the other. If you stop exercising, your muscles atrophy, so you lose the tone you worked so hard to create. Because the muscle isn’t being worked & the tone is gone, it will look flabby. But by no means has it turned to fat.
MYTH: Lifting heavy weights make women bulk up.
REALITY: Women don’t have enough of the muscle-building hormone testosterone to get bulky, even using heavy weights. The truth is, some people will gain muscle faster than they lose fat, so they may look bigger until they shed some of the flab and reveal the slim, toned muscles underneath.
MYTH: I work out so I can eat whatever I want and not gain weight.
REALITY: Oh, if only this were true. During a moderate 60 minute workout, the average person will burn around 400-500 calories. By eating one piece of pie, you just voided out all of your hard work. Working out is only one part of being healthy and fit. You also have to keep your diet in check to keep off the pounds.
MYTH: Doing crunches will give me tight, toned abs.
REALITY: Yes – doing crunches will give you tight, toned ab muscles, but unless your body fat is low, those abs will be hidden by a layer of fat. In order to see that 6 pack, you have do your cardio to burn away that layer of fat covering up your abs and eat a very healthy, clean diet.
MYTH: Spot reduction (fat loss in only one area) is possible
REALITY: Contrary to what the infomercials suggest there is no such thing as spot reduction. Fat is lost throughout the body in a pattern dependent upon genetics, sex (hormones), and age. Overall body fat must be reduced to lose fat in any particular area. So if you’re looking to only lose weight in one area and keep it in others, it won’t happen unless you’re willing to undergo lipo.
MYTH: Skipping meals is a good way to lose weight.
REALITY: Skipping meals is actually the best way to NOT lose weight. People who skip meals tend to feel hungrier later on, and eat more than they normally would when they finally do eat. Skipping meals also makes your body think that it is starving and it will store every calorie you eat because it doesn’t know when the next meal will come.
MYTH: No Pain – No Gain!
REALITY: When working out, you should expect to have some degree of soreness a day or two afterwards, but you should never feel pain while working out. If you feel pain during exercise, you may have an injury. Feeling your muscles “work” may be uncomfortable during or after your session, but pain and extreme soreness is not normal. It’s your body’s way of telling you to ease up.