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4 More Common Myths about Exercise


There are many myths & misconceptions about Exercise. Below we are going to debunk some of these misconceptions. If you have any other questions feel free to contact us & ask! Contact us via info@exphysaustralia.com.au or 1300 869 169. We are more than happy to help

Myth #1: Strength training will make you bulk up.

BIT OF BOTH: Due to the social stigmas or fear of bulking up many females avoid resistance/strength training. It's pretty hard for women to bulk up from a normal strength-training routine because they don't have as much testosterone as men, with men having 20-30 times more testosterone than females. In fact, if weight loss is your goal, strength training can actually help you assist fat loss and help to keep it off. Furthermore it can improve their health, boost metabolism, reduce the risk of Osteoporosis, and help develop good mental health.

Myth #2: Exercise is bad for my arthritis and joint pain.

FALSE: Regular exercise is one of the most effective treatments for arthritis as it helps build muscles around the joints experiencing the pain to help support & reduce impact. Furthermore it helps reduce overall weight which in the long term places less strain across joints which can help lead to avoidance of surgeries such as hip & knee replacements.  

It can help to improve mobility, flexibility of joints, muscle strength & posture. While also decreasing pain, fatigue (tiredness) & muscle tension. There isn’t a one size fits all solution for those with arthritis. Generally, it is best to choose an activity that you enjoy, is convenient and low impact.

Myth #3:  If I don’t sweat, I’m not working hard enough or losing weight.’

FALSE: Contrary to what you may think, it’s actually no indication of the amount of calories burned. Sweat is a biological response that cools your skin and regulates internal body temperature. And the body has a variety of ways in how it cools itself and the internal temperature where sweat begins. Hydration levels can also dictate if an individual is going to sweat as if we are dehydrated our bodies are going to reduce fluid loss via sweating.

Weight that is lost due to sweat normally comes back on quickly post workouts due to us re-hydrating our bodies. It is possible to burn a significant amount of energy without breaking a sweat. Losing weight requires burning kilojoules, not necessarily sweating profusely.

Myth #4: I'm too heavy to exercise!

FALSE: Anyone can exercise… It’s just about finding the right type and intensity to suit your body. And in turn exercise will help reduce strain & pressure placed on joints which prevent ‘heavy’ individuals from exercising in the first place. People who are overweight are best to seek the guidance of an exercise expert – such as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. These professionals will be able to help you train in a way that is gentler on your joints and prescribe exercise appropriate to your current fitness and activity levels in order to move safely.

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