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.
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.
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.
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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