If you’ve spent any time looking for fitness tips online, on social media, or in magazines, you’ve probably run into some pretty bad advice. And while some of that advice sounds downright ridiculous from the get-go, some of it actually seems logical at first glance. That’s especially true if you’re new to working out and eating healthier and aren’t yet sure where to get solid, research-backed information.
Unfortunately, falling victim to bad health and fitness advice can seriously interfere with your progress and leave you spinning your wheels. At Envision Fitness, we’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen! Below, we’ve listed a few widespread fitness and nutrition tips, why they’re poor advice, and what you should do instead. Let’s dive in!
If You Exercise More, That’ll Balance Out an Unhealthy Diet
Plenty of people are under the misguided assumption that spending more time in the gym can make up for a poor diet. But if that’s how you’re approaching your health and fitness journey, you’re bound for disappointment.
Although exercise certainly burns calories, that’s not the singular goal of working out. Progress is what you’re after, and if you’re always eating poorly, you won’t make much headway toward your goals. Why not? Because the amount of exercise you need to do to burn off the calories you might consume in a single junk food binge is staggering. For example:
● You’d have to run for about 45 minutes to burn off a quarter of a large pizza.
● You’d need to jog for over an hour to burn off the calories in a glazed cinnamon roll or a blueberry muffin and a medium mocha.
● You’d need to pound the pavement for over an hour to burn off the calories in a fast-food burger and fries.
It’s not that you can never enjoy your favorite foods if you’re trying to get fitter and healthier. Quite the opposite actually! You can absolutely eat foods you love, but you need to do so in a way that fuels your body properly, so you can make measurable progress toward your goals.
Not sure how to do that? Nutrition coaching can help. Learning how to fuel your unique body according to your fitness goals is one of the most valuable (and effective!) things you can do to ensure you’re continually making progress.
You Should Confuse Your Muscles During Every Workout for More Progress
It might seem logical that frequent muscle confusion will elicit more progress, but switching things up too often can be a problem. When you’re constantly doing new exercises during every workout, you don’t give your body adequate time to really learn and adapt to the movements you’re practicing. Ultimately, if you don’t give your brain and body enough time to become skilled at each exercise, you’ll have a tough time making progress.
What should you do instead? Take the time to really learn and perfect each movement and build your mind-body connection. Using progressive overload while practicing the same movements over time will provide the necessary added challenge to stimulate the change you seek.
Not sure how to incorporate progressive overload or which exercises you choose? That’s where working with an experienced personal trainer can be incredibly beneficial! You’ll have expert guidance by your side throughout every workout to keep you on track toward your goals.
Women Should Focus on Cardio So They Don’t Get Bulky
If you’re a woman and you lift weights regularly, you are not going to get bulky! Don’t be afraid of resistance training, ladies! Working against resistance builds muscle, which is more metabolically active than fat. The more muscle you have, the more calories your body will burn even when you’re not doing anything.
Muscle also takes up less space than fat. That means that the higher your proportion of lean tissue to adipose tissue (fat), the smaller your measurements will be. And let's be honest — who doesn’t like feeling strong?
Need help learning proper lifting form? Work with a personal trainer who can show you the ropes. Although you’ll find plenty of lifting advice online and on social, there’s no substitute for in-person guidance. Having expert eyes on your form will ensure you’re maximizing each movement and staying injury-free.
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Ready to change your life? Our team at Envision Fitness is here to help you do it! At our Hopkins, MN fitness studio, we’ve built a strong, supportive community of individuals who are taking their fitness, nutrition, and mindset to the next level, and we’d love it if you’d join us! Whether you’re looking for individualized personal training, group fitness classes, weight loss classes, athletic training, or nutrition coaching, we’ve got you covered.
To get started or learn more about us, feel free to give us a call today at 952-444-2791 or request a free consultation online, and we’ll get in touch with you!