There are a lot of people out there with a lot of excuses on why they do not work out. Do you know some of these people or are you one them. Either way, here are a few myths that I have heard and as a trainer, let me share some truths with you.
I am burning plenty of calories according to my workout machine. Most workout machines are not accurate because the machine usually doesn't know your true body composition. Every "body" is different and a machine spits out similar information for everyone that used the same treadmill or elliptical. If you want a more accurate number work with your personal trainer.
If I workout longer at a lower intensity, I will burn more fat. There is some truth to this but not completely. Once you hit the threshold of burning up all your carbs, then you begin to burn fat. So, depending on what type of exercise you are doing and for how long determines how much fat you are truly burning. A low intensity will take a much longer time to finally start to burn fat.
I like being a woman and look like a woman. If I start to lifting weights, I will bulk up! No, no, no. . .women have too much estrogen to bulk up. Lifting weights burn more fat over a longer period time and not for a short period of time like running or cycling. Women will tone up, get firmer but will NOT bulk up.
Exercise is one sure way to lose all the weight that I need to lose. There are a lot of people that start to workout and they do begin to see changes but over time, they may hit a plateau or feel like they are not progressing fast enough. In order to see significant changes, you need to workout AND eat right. Eating better/cleaner will definitely have a positive effect on your weight loss.
No pain, no gain. . .right? I have seen it time and time again in many gyms. People believe that if they workout until it hurts, there will be definite change in their bodies. The only change you will find is PAIN and you will not gain from being in pain. You should not workout at a level where you are in pain because how you going to workout the next time or even be motivated to continue to workout? It's one thing to be sore after a good and safe workout but never to feel pain. . .just because.
Remember that an hour a day is only 4% of your day and that 4% can alter your mind, body and soul. You have to keep your body in motion, especially now a days where many of us sit in front of a computer for most of the day. Move that body, forget all the myths and ask your local fitness trainer what will work best for you!