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5 Myths About Working Out

5 Myths About Working Out

Everybody wants to be healthy and have a body one can be proud of; and physical exercise seems like a natural way of achieving it. However, it is astonishing how many misconceptions, superstitions and outright lies there are in the fitness community. Some of them may render your efforts useless and some can hurt you. Here are 5 workout myths you should be aware of.

1. Training Regimen Doesn’t Matter

Who needs trainers? I can always surf the Internet, pick up a dozen exercises and work out happily on my own, thank you very much.

It is, however, not a very productive approach.

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Although in most cases you won’t do yourself much harm by compiling your own training schedule, chances are you will waste more time with less results. Sometimes it may be outright dangerous – an exercise may be detrimental to your health if you have certain conditions. All in all, looking for help of a professional trainer is a good idea.

2. Steroids Are Extremely Harmful

Many people treat anabolic steroids as some kind of hellish concoction that makes your muscles grow like mushrooms while simultaneously ruining your health. Both notions are equally untrue.

On the one hand, steroids won’t do much for your muscles unless accompanied by a carefully planned intensive training schedule. On the other hand, of course they can ruin your health – just like about any other medication, supplement or substance if used without proper knowledge and procedure. Steroids are just a tool – an incredibly useful tool in skilled hands. And just like with any other tool, you can harm yourself if you don’t know how to wield it.

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This is exactly why you should only use legal steroids and supplements – in this case you can hope for proper guidance and support to make sure you get all the results without suffering any ill effects.

3. No Pain, No Gain

Despite being extremely popular, this phrase is rarely used by those who really know their business. Experts usually have a diametrically different opinion: if you feel pain when exercising, you are doing something wrong. It may be the sign that you can hurt yourself or already have an injury. It doesn’t mean that you are ‘really’ exercising – it means that you should see your doctor.

On the other hand, muscle soreness, usually on the day after the exercise, is quite normal, especially if you have just started a new, more intensive workout regimen. So be reasonable, follow some simple guidelines and you will be alright.

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4. The Choice of Sport Doesn’t Matter

Unless you are really into some particular kind of sport, the choice of activity usually happens kind of on its own, which isn’t a correct approach. Each person is different, and is capable of different results in different sports. The choice should be based on how much time you have, at what time of year you can dedicate more resources to the activity and so on.

5. Gym Is Just a Gym

In fact, it is something much greater – at least for regulars. Gyms are places with their own culture, etiquette, acceptable and unacceptable behavior patterns. It is not so much a place where you go to work out – it is a social occasion that happens to coincide with working out. So, if you want to maintain good relationships both with other visitors and gym’s administration, you should learn what to do and what not to do prior to signing up.

Of course, these are not the only myths and misconceptions accompanying sport and working out. Some are more obvious than others, some are less – but you will do yourself a world of good if you learn to single them out and steer clear of them.

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Featured photo credit: Matthew Coughlin via flickr.com

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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