1. As long as you’re moving your body, you’re burning fat
First off, if you’re moving as fast as a slug, you are guaranteed to be burning zero body fat. Push yourself with interval training where you vary in between high and low intensities and be prepared to sweat.
2. Morning is the best time to get results
Are you a professional athlete training two to three times a day? If not, the timing of your workout hardly matters. What does matter is finding a time in your schedule when you can be consistent with your training. Listening to your body and knowing when you perform the best will help you decide if, in fact, mornings, afternoons or evening workouts are when you have the most energy. Energy and mindset are so important when it comes to having great workouts. Listen to your body’s internal clock and train when you feel the strongest.
3. Women should only lift light weights
This is some of the most ridiculous information you will hear! Weight training is essential in preventing osteoporosis, developing lean muscle mass, building strength and kicking up your metabolism. Besides, how are you going to sculpt those glutes and chisel your abs with only 3 pound weights? Restricting your heavy strength training is just holding your body back from the wonderful benefits of strength training. And it’s not just limited to women — men: get moving with those heavy weights too!
4. You can target specific areas of the body
Don’t buy into the myth that exercising specific body parts will work to reduce fat in that area. While it’s true that strength training exercises will target specific muscles — for example, bicep curls will strengthen the biceps — exercise targets the body as a whole. For the greatest results, work on exercises that engage large muscle groups like squats and lunges to get the best bang for your buck!
5. You need to exercise for at least an hour to get results
No way! It all depends on the type of workout you’re doing and your goals. If you’re doing a high intensity interval training workout also known as “HIIT”, you can achieve your goals in 20 minutes. Tabata training: eight sets of 20 seconds of hard work followed by 10 seconds of rest, is only four minutes long but an awesome high impact workout. You can even download a free App for Tabata onto your phone for simplicity and motivation. Overall, to truly get results, it’s more important to focus on what you’re doing, the intensity you train at and the overall structure of your training plan.
Get moving! Much love!