It’s an industry that has certainly exploded over recent years, but that also means that a lot of misinformation has been published about fitness.
For those involved in the industry, this is certainly frustrating. Jack Elway is one of these individuals, having carved out a hugely successful career in NFL.
We have been speaking to Elway about the biggest fitness myths that he has come across, and what the actual truth really is.
Myth #1 – You have to run miles upon miles to burn fat
For years, we have been told that we have to pretty much run a marathon every week just to shift those final pounds. As it turns out, you barely have to do any cardiovascular activity.
Sure, if you can do some it certainly helps, and it will help your general cardiovascular health.
However, for the purposes of burning fat, there are far more efficient ways of doing so. While resistance training might have been associated with bodybuilding for a lot of years, if you were to look around the gym now you would see that a lot of people are actually turning to it to shed the pounds.
The reason behind this is simple; this is something that supercharges your metabolism. It’s something that fires your body up and means that you will be burning even more calories long after your workout has finished. This is something that just doesn’t occur with those long runs that many of us have been used to for so long.
Myth #2 – You should work out every day of the week
This is another huge misconception, and one which has been doing the rounds for years as well. While it is certainly admirable that you feel as though you want to work out every day of the week, it’s by no means going to do your body any good. On the contrary, you risk injury, burnout and all sorts of other problems.
When you are exercising frequently, one of the most important parts of your routine should be your rest days. These are the periods which your body can recover from all of the demands you have placed on it, and more importantly allow your muscles to recover and develop bigger than they were before. If you don’t give your body this crucial time to do this, you are only going to increase the chances of injury and your muscles not developing to their potential.
Myth #3 – You can’t eat any fat
Finally, another misconception relates to what food you consume. Fats are regularly classed as the enemy, but it doesn’t always have to be like that. If you turn to “good fats” (with avocadoes being the example that everyone refers to) you will only benefit your body.
These can boost your good cholesterol, which is crucial for your overall health. Not only that, but they can increase the amount of testosterone that your body naturally produces.