5 Fitness Facts the Experts Don’t Tell You
You’ve read the various fitness tips in various health magazines and seen the plethora of articles on the Internet that try to tell you exactly what to do to get your body in perfect shape. But can you believe all of them? The answer to that question is unfortunately... “No.” Read on to learn more about some popular "fitness facts" you have probably heard about… and the truth behind them.
1) There is no “perfect” diet plan.
That’s right—everyone’s body is different, therefore everyone is going to lose weight differently. This depends in their size, age, gender, level and amount of physical activity, medical conditions and the list goes on. Don’t always believe that the various diets you hear about are going to work for you.
2) You can survive with less sleep.
Your body isn’t going to fall apart if you go one or two days with an inadequate amount of sleep. Many fitness experts like to say that you must get “x” hours of sleep a night to lose weight. Sleep is still extremely important for this, but you don’t necessarily need a perfect sleep schedule to do so. The key is to try getting a good night’s sleep every night—but don’t fret if you can’t. You can still follow your diet the next day by using some self control.
3) More reps don’t always mean better and faster toning.
High reps can actually do the opposite of what you want to your body. Fitness magazines like to stress doing tons of reps for better results. In reality, you should actually use heavier weights with lower reps to achieve your goals in a timely manner.
4) Diet is equally as important as exercise.
Many people think that they can exercise excessively and then eat whatever they want. If you have this mentality…think again! You can do everything right in the gym and not get any of the results you want because of the way you eat. If you have a hard time with this, keep better track of your diet by keeping a food journal. This will help you determine what changes you need to make in your eating habits. There are plenty of food and exercise trackers online that will even tell you how many calories and nutrients you’re eating.
5) Genetics actually do count.
Everyone hates to believe this, but it’s true. Some people have it easier than others when it comes to losing weight or gaining muscle. Don’t be discouraged—you can outsmart your genetics but it may take longer than others. Just be patient and keep working at it!
There you have it…five of the most important fitness facts that most experts don’t place nearly enough emphasis on. Hopefully you feel more encouraged to exercise and eat healthy now.