While there is a lot of really great fitness content that can be found online, there is also just as much unreliable information.
Because of this most people, especially women, find themselves completely confused about what it is they need to do to get in great shape.
The purpose of this article is to help you separate fact from fiction so you can avoid some of the mistakes far too many women make when it comes to reaching their health and fitness goals.
Let’s dive in and discuss the 3 fitness myths every woman should stop believing.
Myth #1 – You Can Spot Reduce Your Trouble Spots
Every woman on the planet has areas on her body she is not happy with. From the belly, to the thighs, to the lower back, these three areas tend to give women the most trouble.
Losing fat in those areas can be extremely difficult. This is why women will often turn to what is known as spot reduction to target those stubborn areas.
There’s just one big problem. Spot reduction doesn’t work!
There is no way you can target fat in certain areas of your body.
You can however reduce your overall body composition which will in turn change the appearance of those areas.
Both diet and exercise play a huge role in helping you banish those trouble areas.
Myth #2 – Lifting Weights Will Make You Big and Bulky Like a Man
This is probably the most common fitness myth far too many women fall prey to.
And just when you think its finally been debunked it comes right back with a vengeance.
Listen ladies, lifting weight WILL NOT make you big and bulky.
As a woman your body does not produce the amount of testosterone needed to bulk up. Men actually have up to 20 times more testosterone than women and it still takes them years of hard work to put on serious size.
If it takes a man years to put on serious size, then that makes it extremely difficult for a woman to do the same.
If you have just started a new weight lifting program you will more than likely start to see muscle develop early on.
However, don’t let that scare you. Just because you build a little muscle quickly doesn’t mean you are all of a sudden going to get big and bulky.
If you have been lifting for a few months and you start to feel bulkier, chances are its because of poor eating habits and not because you are packing on muscle.
With that being said, keep in mind you have the right to create the physique you want. Truth be told there is absolutely nothing wrong with a woman having a muscular physique if that’s what she wants.
As long as you feel good about yourself that’s all that really matters.
Don’t let others opinions of what a women should look like determine how you choose to train. Always train in a way that helps you achieve the body of your dreams.
Myth #3 – You Can Eat Whatever You Want Once You Start Working Out
As much as we would all love to eat any and everything that we want, the reality is you can’t do that if you want to lose weight.
Yes, working out does indeed help you burn more calories. However, its not nearly enough to compensate for having a big mac and fries after every session.
Now don’t get us wrong, we are not saying you should never enjoy the foods you love. We are just saying you should do in moderation.
What you eat is the most important part of the fitness puzzle. You can workout 10 hours a day, but if your diet doesn’t align with your goals you will never achieve the body you want.
Before you start any fitness program you should take a day or two to focus on getting your diet in check. Go grocery shopping and do meal prep so you can be ready to go from day 1.
Please understand that there will be days when you will go overboard and fall off the wagon. When this happens don’t beat yourself up.
And more importantly don’t try to spend your next workout attempting to make up for you. No matter how hard you workout you won’t be able to make up for screwing up on your diet.
So instead of punishing yourself, just move on and forget about it. Keep in mind you are only human. And as hard as this is for some people to accept, the reality is no human is perfect.
We all make mistakes along the way.
The key to staying on track is to forget about your mistake as quickly as possible. Just own up to it and move on. You should also create a plan that will help you avoid certain missteps the next time around.