Exercise is a crucial component not only in combating obesity, but also in improving your health. Everyone knows about exercise, but not everyone really understands it and many have misguided beliefs about what you need to do to lose weight, how exercise works, and even the fun of exercise. The following are several very common myths about exercise for weight loss, so that you can understand exercise better and start making smart lifestyle decisions.
Myth: I Have to Run to Lose Weight
Fact: The most important thing you need to do is move. Even walking burns excellent calories, and there are plenty of activities – from basketball to biking to swimming – that provide great workouts without running. Running is an excellent form of weight loss exercise, but as long as you’re moving there are plenty of options to choose from.
Myth: Exercise is Hard
Fact: When you haven’t exercised in a while, the very idea of exercising for weight loss can sound awful. That’s because sometimes it is. The truth is that it does often take about 2 weeks of exercising for it to feel comfortable, almost as though your body is surprised that you’re putting it to work and fighting back.
But after that period of time is over, exercise not only feels great – in some cases your body can actually start to crave it, and feels worse when you haven’t exercised. If you are able to put in those few weeks in the beginning, it will not only get better, but it will be enjoyable and feel great.
Myth: Exercise Lets Me Cheat on Diets
Fact: Many people exercise and then treat themselves to a “reward” for their exercise. Unfortunately, that reward can undo every single weight loss benefit that you got from exercising, and in some cases the reward can actually cause you to gain weight because you didn’t burn enough calories when you were actually exercising. Exercising is very important, but you can undo all of your gains with just one candy bar or soda.
Myth: I Ran for 30 Minutes So I’m Done
Fact: Remember, it’s not one single activity. Exercise is crucial for health and weight loss, and you simply cannot afford to skip it, but it also can’t be all you do to burn fat. Remember, movement is what burns calories. Exercise is simply more condensed movement.
Running for 30 minutes burns about 300 to 500 calories, which is great. But what are you doing with the rest of your time? If you’re spending it sleeping or laying down because you’re tired from running, then you’re not burning any additional calories. It’s better to run for 15 minutes and walk for an hour then run for 30 minutes and lay down for an hour. So make sure you’re still moving and active as much as you can provided you get clearance from your doctor.
Myth: Targeting Muscles Can Burn Fat
Fact: Your entire body burns fat, you can’t target fat. You burn as much fat in your stomach if you exercise your legs as you do if you exercise your abs (in fact, maybe more). In addition, most muscles – like abs and arms – that people target are hidden by fat layer, not because the muscle is too small. Don’t worry about targeting muscles for fat loss. Worry about improving the health and strength of all of your muscles.
Myth: Time at the Gym is Time Spent Exercising
Fact: Many people go to the gym and spend more time resting than they do exercising. Be aware of how much you are actually working out in order to ensure that you’re getting all of the fat burning benefits you’re looking for.
Start Your Medical Weight Loss Journey
Exercise is an important part of a proper medical weight loss routine, and a crucial component in health. Exercise to lose weight, but also exercise because it will help you create a healthier body, and one that will be more energetic all throughout the day.