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4 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: You can focus on losing fat from certain body parts.

FALSE: You cannot spot reduce fat!!! Despite many people believing that by doing ab crunches it will give you a nice six pack or flat tummy. Our bodies store fats in difference locations and when you start to lose weight, your body will lose the fat in a certain order (which you can’t control). It might come off your arms first, then your legs, then your belly, then your chest, and then your butt. Or in a different order, depending on your personal genetic makeup.

Myth #2: Doing lots of cardio is the best way to lose weight.

FALSE: If your goal is weight loss, logging endless miles on the treadmill isn’t always the best approach. Yes, traditional cardio workouts will help create a day-to-day calorie deficit (in addition to a healthy diet), which is essential for losing weight. But in the long-term, resistance training has strong benefits. This is due to a couple of reasons. Firstly, after a strength training workout your body’s metabolism works at a higher rate for 24-48 hours post the session, meaning you burn more calories. Secondly, long term as you build more lean muscle mass, your body maintains working at a higher metabolic rate which again helps burn more calories a rest. A combination of both high-intensity cardio and strength training is a good idea. And don't forget, when it comes to weight loss, having a smart nutrition plan is key.

Myth #3: I’m experiencing back pain, I shouldn’t exercise.

FALSE: You should totally exercise!!! But only with exercises that are safe and an Accredited Exercise Physiologist can help show which exercises you can do to help back pain or any other pain you are experiencing. This can be a combination of stretching to relieve tight muscles or gentle low impact exercises to help increase blood flow and strength weak muscles which cause the pain. 

Myth #4: You can’t exercise when you’re sick

A BIT OF BOTH: We know that when we are sick we should rest, but can we exercise whilst battling the sniffles?

The answer is yes, and no. The key thing to remember is to listen to your body & the symptoms you are experiencing. If your symptoms include a sore throat, nasal congestion, sneezing, and teary eyes, it is generally considered safe to exercise. Exercise may even help you feel better by opening your nasal passages and temporarily relieving nasal congestion. BUT if the symptoms include body aches, fever, and fatigue it is time to rest, as this could be a sign of your body fighting an infection.

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