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Working Out at Home isn’t as Good as a Gym
Having a gym membership is great but working out at a gym isn’t for everyone. Whether it is out of your range financially or you simply don’t like gyms, doesn’t mean you can’t get just as an effective a workout at home. All you need is some room to move and basic equipment like a set of dumbbells and a few exercise DVD’s and you’re set. Don’t think just because you don’t belong to a gym you can’t stay fit. You can be just as fit as long as you’re willing to put in the time and effort – right from the comfort of your own home.
Drinking a Sports Drink for Every Workout Keeps You Healthier
Sports drinks are great for replacing needed electrolytes and nutrients during a strenuous workout. Many athletes drink sports drinks to rehydrate after a strenuous workout. However, for the average person exercising, drinking a sports drink for every workout isn’t necessary for good health. Sports drinks are great for very strenuous workouts that last for 3 – 5 hours or more, like marathons, triathlons, etc. Drinking only water during these types of workouts can lead to hyponatremia (low blood sodium concentration.) For regular exercise lasting 30 minutes to 1 hour, water will do the job just fine.
Eat Fat Burning Foods to Lose Weight
You can search for lists of fat burning foods but the fact of the matter is, no foods can burn fat. Fat burning foods is a myth and a fad that many marketers are playing on. The reason certain foods are listed as fat burning is because they are typically low in calories or help to make you feel more satisfied. The best way to lose weight will never change which is proper diet and exercise. Calories in/calories out!
Pasta and Breads Can Make You Fat
First off, you have to remember what it is that causes weight gain. Basically – calories in/calories out. Food is stored as fat when you take in more calories than your body uses up. Keeping that in mind, any food you eat can be stored as body fat if you are not burning off excess calories. Pasta and breads are good sources of complex carbohydrates, however, you have to eat them wisely. They are calorie dense and are high glycemic foods (if you follow the glycemic index) which means they have a higher impact on blood glucose levels. The key is moderation and when you choose to eat these types of carbs. Consuming pasta or breads several hours before a good workout help to increase energy levels.
Aerobic Exercise is Better Than Lifting Weights
Aerobic activity does burn fat but it doesn’t necessarily make it better in comparison to weight lifting. When you are trying to lose weight, you essentially need both aerobic and strength training. However, the key is knowing how both work in terms of burning fat. You will burn more fat during aerobic exercise but once you stop, the fat burning ends. When you lift weights, your muscles will continue to burn fat after your workout is over. It is important to use a combination of both types of exercise to maintain fitness.
Eating Food After 8pm Will Turn Into Fat
The no eating after 8pm myth is a very common myth and one that I’ve even believed until recently. The myth states that if you eat after 8pm, the food you eat will turn into body fat. Your metabolism does not shut down at night. In fact, your metabolism can’t even tell time. Your body still needs fuel to repair itself during the night and if you workout later in the evenings, it is even more important. The key is to choose healthier foods such as lean proteins, good fats, and lots of vegetables. If you workout later in the evenings, don’t be afraid to eat a meal, just make it a healthy one!
The Best Time to Exercise is Early in the Morning
There isn’t one specific time of the day that is best to exercise. The best time is anytime that you can fit into your schedule. There is a misconception that waking up at 5 a.m. and heading out to the gym or for a run provides your body the most benefits. Some people prefer to rise early and start their day with fitness, while others feel that ending their day with a good workout helps to relieve the stress of the day. Either way, do what works for you. As long as you get so