For the beginning of the month, I figured I would post something informative yet interesting to read. I want to talk about fitness myths…
As a runner, blogger, lifter and former athlete I’ve heard them all and I’m sure you have too.
In our society health and fitness is at the forefront of EVERYTHING. So its important to get the facts straight. Here are a few of the more common myths that I want to touch on…
- If you don’t have delayed onset muscle soreness than you didn’t work hard enough.
No pain, no gain amiright??
However that not true… you can have an amazing workout/ run and not feel anything the next day! Being sore all the time after working out isn’t necessarily good, it could mean that something more serious is wrong or that you are working out incorrectly which can ultimately lead to injury.
- You need to eat lots of protein if you’re a lifter
While there is science based evidence that protein can be used more efficiently after a lift to aid in muscle recovery, that doesn’t mean that you HAVE to consume loads of protein and nothing else. Other nutrients (carbs & fats) are important too!
Adding on to that previous myth, another big one is…
- runners need to eat tons of carbs & carboload before long runs/ races
Yes… carbs are our main fuel source and can easily be used for energy (especially during those longer runs & races!) but that doesn’t mean that
1. you need to go overboard with carbs and 2. follow what others are doing fuel wise, fueling strategies are different for everyone
Some people may run better with loads of carbs, others may not.
I personally don’t run as well when I consume too many carbs the night before or immediately before a run. You just need to find what works best for you and your training
- If you didn’t sweat you didn’t work hard enough.
This is a pretty common myth that I always here from people, whether they are into fitness or not.
You have to realize though that everyones body is different. Some sweat more than others, some less. Some peoples body temperature regulation is different. The amount of water one consumes can be a factor as well as where, when and what time one is working out or running!
Just because you’re drenched after a 2 mile run and I’m not doesn’t mean that I worked any less. You can be the only person to gauge how hard you’re working and how much effort you’re putting into what you’re doing.
And last but not least…
- running is bad for your knees.
You have no idea just how many times I have heard this. While yes running does put a lot of pressure and impact on the knees, that doesn’t mean that it is “bad” for them. As long as you’re running properly, and making sure that you’re taking care of your body it is no more harmful than other activities that are weight bearing and put pressure and impact on them!
I hope that this was an insightful piece for you to read and that it made you think a little bit deeper about each of these myths.
So tell me…
Did you believe any of these myths?
What is another common fitness myth you’ve heard?